President Donald Trump has not yet visited troops in war zones, after nearly two years on the job and despite his apparent love for military pageantry.
Trump repeatedly boasts about boosting the Pentagon budget, and he enjoys giving speeches before cheering troops or military hardware, but he has been reluctant to visit troops in war zones, reported the New York Times.
His immediate predecessors, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, each made four visits to troops in Afghanistan, the same number of visits Bush made to Iraq, which Obama visited once.
Aides told the newspaper that Trump has not made visits to war zones because he does not really want them serving there in the first place.
They said a presidential visit would validate missions he doesn’t truly believe in.
Trump, who got a military deferment for bone spurs during the Vietnam War era, has also not made special trips to visit troops deployed at American bases overseas.