Pence, second lady make unannounced trip to Iraq to visit US troops

Pence, second lady make unannounced trip to Iraq to visit US troops

Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Senate receives impeachment articles as trial opens The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to lay out impeachment case to senators next week The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump says Iran 'standing down' after missile strike MORE made an unannounced trip to Iraq on Saturday to visit troops stationed there for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Upon arrival at the Al Asad Air Base in western Iraq, Pence received a closed-door classified briefing and then called Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi, according to a pool report.

The Pences also served Thanksgiving lunch to approximately 150 U.S. troops, after which the vice president delivered remarks to about 200 U.S. troops.

"The truth is, Congress should have finished their business on defense appropriations months ago," he said. "But you all know partisan politics and endless investigations have slowed things down in Washington, D.C."

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE visited troops at the base on Dec. 26 last year during his first trip to Iraq.