President Donald Trump and First Girl Melania Trump made a secret Christmas journey to go to the soldiers in Iraq, the White Home revealed Wednesday.

The president and the first lady departed late on Christmas night from Andrews Air Force base.

The news was validated by White Home Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Twitter.

President Trump and the First Woman traveled to Iraq late on Christmas night to check out with our troops and Senior Military leadership to thank them for their service, their success, and their sacrifice and to want them a Merry Christmas.

— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) December 26, 2018

Previously in the day, aviation observers on social networks and White House press reporters speculated Wednesday, that the president may be traveling to the Middle East to visit the soldiers.

A 747 airplane used for Flying force One was spotted in the UK by photographer Alan Meloy as aviation observers shared the image on social networks.

Credits for the image go to Alan Meloy on flickr:

— Nick (@ETEJSpotter) December 26, 2018

Other aviation lovers tracked a flight that left Andrews Flying force base in Maryland that was headed in the instructions of Turkey, suggesting that it may be President Donald Trump.

Reported over the UK earlier today. Callsign & unknown hex verified on my own receiver logs.’ RCH358′ VC-25 USAF– over Yorkshire– taken from Chapeltown South Yorks Boxing Day 2018https:// 9sYjOnIcIG @ETEJSpotter

— CivMilAir ✈ (@CivMilAir) December 26, 2018

Even Wikileaks got in on the speculation.

The Boeing 747 generally utilized by Trump for Air Force One is currently moving towards Turkey.

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) December 26, 2018

Is Trump on a surprise check out to Afghanistan? Turkey? Flight trackers reveal that one of two aircrafts used for Air Force One (92-9000/ VC-25) using what seems a fake HEXCODE of AE47C4, departed Andrews Air Force base at midnight. Transponders altered or handicapped near Romania.

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) December 26, 2018

Presidential administrations typically work with the media to keep a journey to the Middle East secret, mentioning security factors. The media usually comply with the White Home and travel with the president for any surprise trips to check out the troops. Breitbart News was not informed of any presidential travel on Wednesday either on or off the record. The White Home did not react to any ask for comment.

Trump has dropped numerous tips in current days that he would be traveling to visit the troops in a war zone.

” Possibly I’ll see you over there. You never ever know what’s going to happen,” Trump joked throughout a Thanksgiving Day call with the soldiers in Afghanistan in November.

When the president was asked in November on Fox News Sunday why he had actually not gone to the soldiers overseas, he replied, “There are things that are being prepared. We don’t wish to discuss it because of– undoubtedly because of security factors and everything else. But there are things that are planned.”

The president has actually been silent on Twitter throughout the day Wednesday after sending a message on Christmas.

” I hope everyone, even the Fake News Media, is having a terrific Christmas!” he composed.

I hope everyone, even the Phony News Media, is having a great Christmas! Our Nation is doing really well. We are securing our Borders, making terrific brand-new Trade Deals, and bringing our Soldiers Back Home. We are finally putting America First. MERRY CHRISTMAS! #MAGA

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 25, 2018

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