Donald Trump and Wife Melania made an unannounced Christmas visit to the US troops in Iraq as it was his first visit to the region.
Their visit was to thank the troops for their services, success, sacrifices, and defeat against IS.
The president also said that they had no plans to back or pull out of Iraq. They arrived there late on Christmas night.
This trip came days after Defence Secretary Jim Mattis quit over divisions about strategy in the region.
The US still has some 5,000 troops in Iraq to support the government in its fight against what remains of the Islamic State (IS) group.
A planned meeting between Mr Trump and Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi was cancelled as a result of disagreement on how to conduct the meeting.
Phone calls was made between the two leaders in place of the invitation to visit Washington.
During the president’s visit, he got a standing ovation from the troops as he walked around greeting, posing for selfies and signing autographs.
Mr Trump, his wife and National Security Adviser, John Bolton traveled on Air Force One to al-Asad airbase, west of the capital Baghdad, to meet military personnel in the base’s canteen.