Trump Told Two ‘Flagrant Lies’ To US Troops’ Faces About Pay Raise He Said ‘I Got You’

President Trump delivered an overtly political speech to service members at the al-Asad airbase in Iraq Wednesday, his first visit to an overseas military installation.

While praising the soldiers’ contribution to the causes of justice and peace, Trump falsely took credit for the annual pay raise the military received.

“Is anybody here willing to give up the big pay raise you just got?” he surveyed the crowd. “Raise your hand please. Oh, I don’t see too many hands.”




Trump then cited numbers that have since been debunked and declared completely false.

“You haven’t gotten [a raise] in more than ten years,” he said. “And we got you a big one. I got you a big one.”

PolitiFact, an independent fact-checking site, noted that the military has received a routine pay raise every year since at least 1961. The 2.4 percent increase that went into effect in 2018 was the largest since 2010, but they have continued apace every year.

Trump then falsely asserted that the pay increase was actually ten percent, recounting phony conversations in which “plenty of people” tried to impose a smaller raise.

“You had plenty of people that came up and said, ‘you know, we can make it smaller. We can make it three percent, we can make it two percent, we can make it four percent.’ I said ‘no. Make it ten percent. Make it more than ten percent.'”




PolitiFact has rated these claims Pants on Fire.

ABC News producer and reporter Ali Rogin noted on Twitter that Trump told “two flagrant lies in a row” during the hour-long speech.



Retired Rear Admiral John Kirby told CNN’s Jim Sciutto on Thursday that it is “unconscionable” that Donald Trump lied to U.S. troops in Iraq.

“To have your commander-in-chief get up in front of you on live television like that and lie, is just unconscionable,” Kirby said, adding that some troops were most likely deeply offended by the lie.