by Charlie Spiering
President Donald Trump said that the United States would not leave Iraq until the country paid the United States for the military base built there.
“We have a very extraordinarily expensive airbase that’s there. It cost billions of dollars to build. Long before my time,” he said. “We’re not leaving unless they pay us back for it.”
Trump commented on Iraq and Iran as he traveled back to Washington, DC, from Mar-a-Lago after both countries protested his decision to eliminate Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in Bagdhad in a drone strike on Friday.
In response to the strike, the Iraqi parliament on Sunday passed a resolution calling on the government to expel American troops from Iraq.