His surprise three-hour stop was at an airbase west of Baghdad the day after Christmas.
He didn’t meet any of the Iraqi leadership but invited Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to the White House in the New Year.
Trump used the opportunity to defend the withdrawal of troops from Syria saying it was made possible by the defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).
But critics have condemned what they see as the president’s increasingly isolationist foreign policy, saying it will give ISIL a chance to regroup.
Trump says the work of US forces is complete and regional forces will ensure ISIL remains dismantled.
It has reported that Trump also wants to reduce the number of US troops in Afghanistan from 14,000 to 7,000.
What is Trump’s strategy for the region and what message is he trying to send?
Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom
Ali al-Nashmi – political analyst
Peter Galbraith – former US ambassador
Afzal Ashraf – University of Nottingham
Source: Al Jazeera News