President Trump and first lady Melania Trump make surprise Thanksgiving visit to troops in Afghanistan

President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump and the first lady arrived in Afghanistan Thursday to pay a surprise Thanksgiving visit to US troops, his first trip to the country.

It’s the President and Melania Trump’s second visit to US troops overseas in a war zone following a trip to Iraq at the end of last year. This visit comes amid unprecedented tensions between the President and senior military officers after the ouster of Navy Secretary Richard Spencer.

There are about 12,000 troops currently serving in Afghanistan in a conflict triggered by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, that has claimed more than 2,300 American lives and cost billions in taxpayer dollars.

By Zachary Cohen, CNN

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