In fact, military pay has increased every year for more than three decades.
In late March, Trump said that the USA would "very soon" withdraw its troops from Syria, though the Trump administration later explained that it would be keeping forces in Syria until Daesh is defeated.
I'm sure we'll be hearing about it if he said anything to question the existence of Santa Claus during his visit.
For the visit, which was unscheduled, Melania broke first lady precedent by travelling to an active combat zone. It was raised 2.4% in 2018 and then 2.6% in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.
Photos of President Trump’s surprise Iraq visit
On Wednesday, Trump used the phrase "in more than 10 years" four times. We could make it 2 percent. We can make it 4 percent.' I said, 'No.
"We're no longer the suckers, folks", Trump told service members at the base. It's been more than 10 years. "Make it more than 10%'". And, you know, you really put yourselves out there, and you put your lives out there.
The trip, shrouded in secrecy, came during a partial government shutdown and less than a week after Trump announced plans to withdraw all troops from Syria and about half from Afghanistan.
Trump ran for the presidency in 2016 on a platform of bringing the troops home from Afghanistan and Syria, part of a strategy of ending almost two decades of United States military interventions he criticized as costly, ineffective and at odds with his "America First" foreign policy.
Obviously when the president comes to visit it's going to be a big photo op for both the White House and the troops taking selfies and such.