Gen. Barry McCaffrey Slams Trump For ‘Outrageous’ Iraq Visit: ‘Embarrassing’ to Boast of Dangerous Trip


Retired General Barry McCaffrey tore into President Donald Trump on Thursday for his “unheard of” politicization of a trip to visit U.S. troops deployed in Iraq.

“It’s a good thing that the president went to Iraq and visited the troops, even better that he brought Melania along,” McCaffrey, an MSNBC military analyst, said. “It was entirely inappropriate to use that as a point of a political rally.”

“The whole notion of going to Iraq and not genuflecting in some way, politically, the Iraqis, is simply outrageous,” he added.

McCaffrey then quoted Seinfeld‘s George Costanza to hit Trump over his false claim to troops that he was giving them their first pay raise in years: “It’s not a lie if you believe it.”

“The troops all should’ve known it was all complete nonsense, but they were sort of excited the commander in chief was there and were willing to blow by it,” he said.

“I hate to see the president do badly in the international arena,” McCaffrey continued. “He flew back into Ramstein air base to refuel and to head home, made no gestures to the Germans, to Angela Merkel. We’ve got 30,000 troops in Germany. 40% of the Germans want us out of Germany for god’s sake.”

“Our international stature has been significantly diminished in the past few years.”

Later in the segment, McCaffrey mocked Trump’s comments to troops boasting about the dangers of his trip to Iraq.

“God, he’s talking to special operations soldiers in Iraq, it’s sort of embarrassing,” he said.

Watch above, via MSNBC.

Have a tip we should know?

Filed Under:

Aidan McLaughlin is the Editor of Mediaite. Send tips via email: Ask for Signal. Follow him on Twitter: @aidnmclaughlin