Iraq war

Capitol Ink | 2019 Edition

Trump Floats Iraq War Boosters Despite Not Supporting the War
Building national security called ‘knife fight’

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn leaves Trump Tower in New York City on Monday after discussions on President-elect Donald Trump’s potential national security and Cabinet picks. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

During the campaign, President-elect Donald Trump insisted that he was opposed to the war in Iraq from the beginning, despite footage from 2002 showing otherwise.

But as he plans his national security team, Trump is reportedly considering many boosters of the war, such as former CIA Director James Woolsey and former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton, according to Reuters.

Reports: Trump asked GOP for Backup on Khans, No One Responded
Episode underscores party rift over its nominee's often controversial statements

Trump's reaction to Muslim-Americans Khizr Khan and his wife Ghazala Khan, whose son, Army Capt. Humayun Khan was killed in Iraq, has become a flashpoint of his campaign. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As criticism mounted against Donald Trump Monday for his treatment of an American Muslim couple whose son died in the Iraq war, his campaign sent an appeal to Republicans in Congress to back him up, according to media reports. No one responded.  

Trump's campaign circulated talking points for GOP supporters to spread via press releases, social media and cable news appearances, according to Reuters and CNN .   

Obama to Trump: Stop 'Trash-Talking' U.S. Troops
President says American military is best, most lethal in world

Khizr Khan and his wife, whose son, Army Capt. Humayun Khan was killed in Iraq, address the Democratic National Convention last week. President Obama on Monday criticized remarks from Donald Trump, who calls the military a "disaster." (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

In remarks to military veterans on Monday, President Barack Obama  appeared to criticize Donald Trump for “talking trash” about America’s fighting forces.  

The Republican presidential nominee has repeatedly called the state of the U.S. military under Obama a “disaster.” And in recent days Trump has harshly criticized the parents of a Muslim Army captain who was killed in Iraq after ensuring his subordinates were safe.  

After Rhodes Insults media, White House Hands Out Donuts
Officials deliver breakfast treats after Rhodes panned media

Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes speaks to the White House press corps during a briefing. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images file photo)

Wednesday was “press appreciation day” at the White House, and after what went viral last Thursday, a little appreciation certainly couldn’t hurt the Obama administration.  

Just six days after Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes alienated both the Washington press corps and foreign policy-national security establishment in a New York Times Magazine profile, two of President Barack Obama’s closest aides were handing out breakfast pastries.