5 things to know for December 27: Trump in Iraq, financial markets, Russia, Indonesia, Australia heatwave

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1. President Trump

When the President’s Twitter feed fell silent Wednesday, he wasn’t taking a sudden social media sabbatical — he was on his way to Iraq. The commander in chief, together with the first lady, surprised US troops with a holiday visit, his first to a war zone. After constructing the secret overnight flight from Washington and touching down onto a pitch-black airstrip( because of security concerns ), Trump stayed on the ground for 3 hour. He took endless selfies with enthusiastic servicemen and women in a dining hall. Later, during a speech at an air base near Baghdad, he reinforced his skeptical position of wading into foreign conflicts and defended his decision to pull troops out of Syria and Afghanistan. The Trumps landed back in Washington early this morning.

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