Trump misleads about military pay raises again

President Donald Trump incorrectly told troops in Iraq on Wednesday that he gave them their first pay raise ...

Posted: Dec 28, 2018 11:26 AM
Updated: Dec 28, 2018 11:26 AM

President Donald Trump incorrectly told troops in Iraq on Wednesday that he gave them their first pay raise in more than 10 years -- a falsehood he has repeatedly told.

Speaking to troops at Al Asad Air Base during his surprise visit to Iraq, Trump told troops: "You protect us. We are always going to protect you. And you just saw that, 'cause you just got one of the biggest pay raises you've ever received. ... You haven't gotten one in more than 10 years. More than 10 years. And we got you a big one. I got you a big one. I got you a big one."

Armed forces

Compensation and benefits

Donald Trump

Labor and employment

Military

Military compensation

Military recruitment, training and compensation

Political Figures - US

Wages and salaries

In fact, military pay has increased every year for more than three decades. It was raised 2.4% in 2018 and then 2.6% in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. The 2.6% pay raise is the largest in the past 9 years.

The President and first lady quietly swept into Iraq on Wednesday to pay a holiday visit to US troops -- the first trip Trump has made to a war zone.

"They had plenty of people that came up, they said, 'You know, we could make it smaller. We could make it 3%, we could make it 2%, we could make it 4%,'" Trump told the troops about the latest pay raise. "I said, 'No. Make it 10%. Make it more than 10%.'"

'Cause it's been a long time, it's been more than 10 years. Been more than 10 years, that's a long time," Trump said, repeating the false claim.

Article Comments

Mason City
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 40°
Albert Lea
Overcast
41° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 36°
Austin
Overcast
45° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 40°
Charles City
Overcast
46° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 41°
Rochester
Overcast
37° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 29°
Tracking an active pattern for the midweek
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Post offices preparing for busiest time of the year

Image

Sara's Daybreak Forecast - Tuesday

Image

Last Brick Road in Rochester

${item.thumbnail.title}

StormTeam 3: Tracking an active pattern for the midweek

Image

Eagles prep for state

Image

Lime Creek Nature Center is getting a face-lift

Image

"Don't Forget About Us" tour

Image

MNDOT & NWS teaming up for you

Image

Looking at lowering speed limits

Image

The next step for North Broadway

Community Events