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On Monday, several Iraqi officials and politicians said the effort to expel the usa forces is gaining momentum following Trump's comments during a CBS interview.

"Don't overburden Iraq with your own issues", President Saleh told a forum in Baghdad on Monday.

"When President Obama pulled out of Iraq in theory we had Iraq", Trump continued. "Iraq does not want to be a party or axis to any conflict between multiple countries".

But during his visit to the Iraqi air base Trump said he had "no plans at all" to remove USA forces from Iraq. Moreover, the power vacuum caused by the departure of US troops in Syria could be filled by ISIS or al-Qaeda in Syria or Iraq, according to USA intelligence chiefs.

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United States President Donald Trump has said it is important to keep a USA military presence in Iraq so that Washington can keep a close eye on Iran "because Iran is a real problem". "We might as well keep it", he said.

"All I want to do is be able to watch".

Asked if he meant he wanted to be able to strike Iran, Trump replied: "No, because I want to be able to watch Iran". "There are only Iraqi bases where some USA and non-US soldiers are present".

Trump made a point of disagreeing with President George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq, calling it "one of the greatest mistakes going into the Middle East that our country has ever made", but said the American foothold in Iraq should now be leveraged to make long-term deployments in other Middle Eastern hot spots unnecessary.

Following Trump's secret visit to Iraq in December, political groups in the country have stepped up their efforts to persuade the parliament to stand against the presence of U.S. forces in the Arab country.

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Trump did not meet any Iraqi officials during his three-hour long stay there.

Iraq's government has been struggling to balance its relationships with Iran and the United States, its two biggest allies, as tensions between Tehran and Washington have risen under Trump's administration.

Sabah al-Saadi, a member of parliament in the bloc led by influential anti-American Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr, has proposed a bill demanding a USA pullout. Meanwhile, as renewed American sanctions on Iran begin to bite, Tehran will rely more heavily on Iraq for trade. "It is a vicious country that kills many people", Trump said. The outlet also noted a "growing sentiment" held by Iraqis that US troops should go.

'We'll come back if we have to, ' he said.

Hassan Karim al-Kaabi, Iraq's deputy speaker of parliament, said Trump's latest comments were a "blatant and overt violation of sovereignty and national will", according to local media. He says Iraq's constitution forbids the use of Iraq as a base to threaten the interests or security of neighboring countries.

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