President Trump bragged Wednesday to troops stationed in Iraq that he had secured them a massive pay raise, repeating a false claim he’s made repeatedly on the campaign trail.
Trump made the boast during his first visit as president to troops in a combat zone.
Trump, who spent more than three hours along with First Lady Melania Trump at Al Asad Air Base near Baghdad, addressed several hundred servicemen and -women, boasting that he had delivered them “one of the biggest pay raises you’ve ever received.”
The president also stated — incorrectly — that he had authorized the first military pay increase in a decade.
“You haven’t gotten one in more than 10 years,” Trump said. “More than 10 years. And we got you a big one. I got you a big one. I got you a big one.”