Eli Ridder | Analysis
U.S. President Donald Trump made a surprise visit to Iraq to visit United States troops there on Wednesday, after speculation buzzed throughout the day over the flight path of the plan used for Air Force One, the White House confirmed on Wednesday afternoon.
The aircraft normally carrying the president of the United States or a member of his immediate family, known as Air Force One, was spotted above the United Kingdom on Wednesday morning, and civilian air monitors have tracked it headed towards the Middle East.
An image circulating on social mediashows the plane speeding across the sky over Yorkshire in Britain’s mid-central Chapeltown, after leaving Andrews Air Force Base at midnight.
Speculation from political pundits have led some to say it could be a surprise trip to visit U.S. troops in Afghanistan or a diplomatic trip to Turkey.
Analysts say that, because the aircraft does not have the “Air Force One” callsign on this flight, it could be headed to pick a member of U.S. President Donald Trump’s family up from the Middle East or has another dignitary on board.
Image of Trump greeting soldiers from Trump’s Twitter account.