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US President Donald Trump walks on stage to speaks  to the troops during a surprise Thanksgiving day visit at Bagram Air Field, on November 28, 2019 in Afghanistan. (Photo by Olivier Douliery / AFP) — AFP or licensors

In pictures: Trump's unannounced maiden visit to Afghanistan as US president

Before taking the secret flight to Afghanistan, Trump had been expected to spend Thanksgiving in Florida.
Published Nov 29, 2019 12:43pm

President Donald Trump on Thursday said the United States had resumed talks with Taliban insurgents as he made a surprise trip to Afghanistan to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with troops.

On a brief visit to Bagram Airfield outside the capital Kabul, Trump served turkey dinner to soldiers, posed for photographs and delivered a speech after meeting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

It was his first to Afghanistan since becoming president and came a week after a prisoner swap between Washington and Kabul that has raised hopes for a long elusive peace deal.

Before taking the secret 13-hour flight to Afghanistan, Trump had been expected to spend Thanksgiving at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida and to make video calls to US troops deployed abroad.

US President Donald Trump's plane Air Force One is seen on the tarmac during a surprise Thanksgiving day visit at Bagram Air Field on November 28 in Afghanistan. — AFP
US President Donald Trump's plane Air Force One is seen on the tarmac during a surprise Thanksgiving day visit at Bagram Air Field on November 28 in Afghanistan. — AFP

US President Donald Trump serves US troops food at a Thanksgiving dinner event during a surprise visit at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on November 28. — Reuters
US President Donald Trump serves US troops food at a Thanksgiving dinner event during a surprise visit at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on November 28. — Reuters

Soldiers take pictures of US President Donald Trump (unseen) during a Thanksgiving dinner to US troops at Bagram Air Field during a surprise visit on November 28 in Afghanistan. — AFP
Soldiers take pictures of US President Donald Trump (unseen) during a Thanksgiving dinner to US troops at Bagram Air Field during a surprise visit on November 28 in Afghanistan. — AFP

US President Donald Trump serves Thanksgiving dinner to US troops at Bagram Air Field during a surprise visit on November 28 in Afghanistan. — AFP
US President Donald Trump serves Thanksgiving dinner to US troops at Bagram Air Field during a surprise visit on November 28 in Afghanistan. — AFP

US President Donald Trump speaks to US troops at Bagram Air Field during a surprise visit on November 28 in Afghanistan. — AFP
US President Donald Trump speaks to US troops at Bagram Air Field during a surprise visit on November 28 in Afghanistan. — AFP

“I've just come from serving Thanksgiving dinner to some of you [...] and we had a good time.” Trump joked that he had just started eating when he was called away, and didn't even get to taste his turkey.  — AFP
“I've just come from serving Thanksgiving dinner to some of you [...] and we had a good time.” Trump joked that he had just started eating when he was called away, and didn't even get to taste his turkey. — AFP

On a brief visit to Bagram Airfield outside the capital Kabul, Trump served turkey dinner to soldiers, posed for photographs and delivered a speech after meeting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. — AFP
On a brief visit to Bagram Airfield outside the capital Kabul, Trump served turkey dinner to soldiers, posed for photographs and delivered a speech after meeting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. — AFP

It was his first to Afghanistan since becoming president and came a week after a prisoner swap between Washington and Kabul that has raised hopes for a long elusive peace deal. — AFP
It was his first to Afghanistan since becoming president and came a week after a prisoner swap between Washington and Kabul that has raised hopes for a long elusive peace deal. — AFP

President Donald Trump said the United States had resumed talks with Taliban insurgents as he made a surprise trip to Afghanistan to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with troops. — AFP
President Donald Trump said the United States had resumed talks with Taliban insurgents as he made a surprise trip to Afghanistan to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with troops. — AFP

Afghan's President Ashraf Ghani speaks to the troops as US President Donald Trump listens  during a surprise Thanksgiving day visit at Bagram Air Field on November 28 in Afghanistan — AFP
Afghan's President Ashraf Ghani speaks to the troops as US President Donald Trump listens during a surprise Thanksgiving day visit at Bagram Air Field on November 28 in Afghanistan — AFP

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley before addressing the troops at Bagram Air Field during a surprise Thanksgiving day visit on November 28 in Afghanistan. — AFP
US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley before addressing the troops at Bagram Air Field during a surprise Thanksgiving day visit on November 28 in Afghanistan. — AFP

Members of the news media, US Air Force and US Secret Service line up to enter Air Force One, following US President Trump's remarks to US troops in an unannounced visit to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan on November 28. — Reuters
Members of the news media, US Air Force and US Secret Service line up to enter Air Force One, following US President Trump's remarks to US troops in an unannounced visit to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan on November 28. — Reuters

President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One on November 29 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Trump is en route back to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., after a surprise visit to Afghanistan. — AP
President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One on November 29 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Trump is en route back to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., after a surprise visit to Afghanistan. — AP