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‘Several’ US troops injured in Iraq rocket attack that killed US contractor: official

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A U.S. defense contractor was killed in a rocket attack on Friday outside the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, a U.S. official told Fox News.

About 30 rockets landed at the base used by U.S and Iraqi forces, the official said.

“Several” U.S. troops were also injured in the rocket attack, the official said. It’s not immediately clear how severe the injuries are.

FOUR ROCKETS LAND INSIDE BAGHDAD AIRPORT; IRAN, PROXY FORCES BLAMED

There are roughly 5,000 U.S. troops deployed to Iraq.

Earlier this month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for two separate rocket attacks on the Baghdad International Airport, on Dec. 9 and 11, where U.S. and Iraqi forces are located on the other side of the commercial airport.

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In a statement, Pompeo warned of a “decisive U.S. response” if any Americans were harmed in the future.

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Johnny ‘Joey’ Jones pushes back on ‘short-sighted’ criticisms of Trump administration’s North Korea moves

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The U.S. military’s decision to send four surveillance planes to the Korean Peninsula — in reaction to North Korea’s cryptic reference to a possible “Christmas gift” for the U.S. — marked an important push for leverage on behalf of President Trump, retired U.S. Marine Johnny “Joey” Jones said Thursday.

“I think that some of the criticisms of how the Trump administration is handling North Korea [are] a little bit short-sighted,” Jones, a double-amputee who was wounded in an explosion while fighting in Afghanistan, told “America’s Newsroom.”

Jones said that observers should understand that North Korean officials were aware their only leverage was the potential to nuclearize and act as a rogue nation around the world.

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“President Trump fully understands that and that’s why he is negotiating in the way he does,” Jones said.

The action followed reports last week that North Korea had warned of a possible missile launch or nuclear test for late-December amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the U.S.

TRUMP URGED TO ‘LOWER THE BOOM’ ON NORTH KOREA AMID NEW THREATS

The U.S. aircraft were detected by Aircraft Spots, an aviation tracking site, according to a report by South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.

The site reported that four U.S. planes flew their missions between Christmas Eve and early Christmas Day.

Trump stressed that the U.S. was prepared to deal with any kind of “gift” the North might send.

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Jones went on to say, “Without applying full maximum pressure with sanctions, they’ve got this moratorium on long-range missile tests, and so, President Trump understands he needs leverage as well. And, this is a slow game, something that will take more than one presidential administration to accomplish.”

Fox News’ Dom Calicchio and Molly Line contributed to this report.

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US sent 4 spy planes to Korean Peninsula after Kim’s ‘Christmas gift’ threat: report

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In what military watchers regard as an unusual move, the U.S. military sent four surveillance planes, simultaneously, over and around the Korean Peninsula this week in reaction to North Korea’s cryptic reference to a possible “Christmas gift” for the U.S.

The action followed reports last week that North Korea had warned of a possible missile launch or nuclear test for late December amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the U.S.

TRUMP URGED TO ‘LOWER THE BOOM’ ON NORTH KOREA AMID NEW THREATS

The U.S. aircraft were detected by Aircraft Spots, an aviation tracking site, according to a report by South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.

The site claims that four U.S. planes – identified as RC-135W Rivet Joint, E-8C, RQ-4 Global Hawk and RC-135S Cobra Ball – flew their missions between Christmas Eve and early Christmas Day, the report said.

The first two planes flew at 31,000 feet while the Global Hawk flew at 53,000 feet, the tracking site said. Meanwhile, the Cobra Ball and a refueling plane flew over the East Sea.

Earlier this month, Ri Thae Song, a North Korean vice foreign minister for U.S. affairs, expressed doubts that the U.S. was negotiating in good faith, accusing the Americans instead of stalling as it tried to get better terms.

“The dialogue touted by the U.S. is, in essence, nothing but a foolish trick hatched to keep the DPRK bound to dialogue and use it in favor of the political situation and election in the U.S.,” Ri said. “What is left to be done now is the U.S. option — and it is entirely up to the U.S. what Christmas gift it will select to get.”

President Trump has downplayed the matter, despite urging from some analysts and advisers in Washington that he take a harder line against Pyongyang.

When asked Tuesday in Florida whether he was concerned about a long-range missile test, Trump quipped that perhaps North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was planning a nice gift.

“We’ll see what happens. Let’s see. Maybe it’s a nice present, maybe it’s a present where he sends me a beautiful vase as opposed to a missile test … you never know,” the president said.

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But Trump stressed that the U.S. was prepared to deal with any kind of “gift” the North might send.

“We’ll find out what the surprise is, and we’ll deal with it very successfully,” Trump told reporters at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, according to Yonhap. “Everybody’s got surprises for me, but let’s see what happens. I handle them as they come along.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Victor Davis Hanson: Battle of the Bulge holds valuable lessons for us today

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Seventy-five years ago, at the Battle of the Bulge (fought from Dec. 16, 1944, to Jan. 25, 1945), the United States suffered more casualties than in any other battle in its history. Some 19,000 Americans were killed, 47,500 wounded and 23,000 reported missing.

The American and British armies were completely surprised by a last-gasp German offensive, given that Allied forces were near the Rhine River and ready to cross into Germany to finish off a crippled Third Reich.

The Americans had been exhausted by a rapid 300-mile summer advance to free much of France and Belgium. In their complacence, they oddly did not worry much about their thinning lines, often green replacement troops, or the still-formidable German army.

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After all, Nazi Germany was being battered on all sides by Americans, British, Canadians and Russians. Its cities were in ruins from heavy bombers.

Yet the losing side is often the most dangerous just before its collapse.

In retreat, the Germans were shortening their interior lines. They had the element of surprise, given confident Allied forces who assumed the war would soon be over.

The cold December weather would ground the overwhelming number of Allied fighters and bombers. The Germans aimed their assault through the snowy roads of the Ardennes Mountains to bowl over inexperienced or exhausted U.S. divisions.

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The result was that Hitler’s last gamble in the West was as tactically brilliant as it was strategically imbecilic. If Hitler’s offensive failed, it would drain the last formidable reserves from the German homeland and leave it a hollow shell. After all, Germany had neither the manpower nor the supplies to reach the English Channel and cut off the British from the Americans, much less stop either the Russian offensives in the East or around-the-clock Allied bombing.

Yet, during the last two weeks of December, crack German veterans tore huge holes in the Allied lines and pushed them back almost 50 miles in some spots. On such a narrow front, German forces outnumbered the Americans, and their tanks and artillery were superior.

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, commander of Allied Forces in Western Europe, never expected that a tottering Germany could muster 400,000 attackers with roughly 600 tanks and massive artillery support — all secretly massed just a few miles beyond Allied lines.

Yet by the second week in January, the month-long offensive had largely failed. The Germans were in retreat. They had lost almost as many men and machines as the Americans but lacked a commensurate ability to replace them.

What can we learn from our bloodiest battle on the 75th anniversary of it?

The deadliest periods of a war are often near its end. The losing side puts up a desperate resistance that is often unexpected by the overconfident, winning opponents. One of the most lethal American battles in the Pacific Theater was fought at Okinawa, costing 50,000 casualties and ending just weeks before Japan surrendered.

American strategists failed to grasp that even though Germany was likely to lose the war sometime in 1945, it could still kill thousands of Americans before it surrendered.

Before the Battle of the Bulge, Eisenhower, Omar Bradley, Bernard Montgomery and Courtney Hodges thought fellow Gen. George S. Patton was a talented, eccentric, flamboyant and sometimes buffoonish throwback to 19th century glory hounds. Yet it was Patton alone who in America’s darkest hour of 1944 most clearly grasped both the dangers of, and the solutions to, the disaster.

To no avail, Patton had warned his superiors that a gambler like Hitler would likely try something desperate in December. Even before the generals met, Patton had preplanned a risky rescue operation. In a blizzard, he turned a large part of his army 90 degrees on a 100-mile trek to save the collapsing American lines to the north at Bastogne, Belgium.

Had the American command followed the rambunctious Patton’s recommendation to cut off the overexposed German bulge at its base, rather than conservatively try to push it back at the nose, the campaign would have ended even sooner, with far fewer lost American lives.

The face of war changes with new technology. But its essence remains the same, because human nature stays constant. A long-ago American victory can remind us that when such calamities strike, the status quo is not always equipped to rise to the challenge.

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Instead, our future saviors are often right in our midst, characteristically loud and underappreciated, but savvy and vital to our survival.

The Battle of the Bulge reminds us that when deadly enemies prove unpredictable, it is sometimes wise to have an even more unpredictable leader on our side.

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American service member killed in action in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan– An American service member was killed in action on Monday in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said in a statement, without providing further details.

The statement did not identify the U.S. soldier or say where in Afghanistan the service member was killed. It stressed that in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, names of service member killed in action are being withheld for 24 hours, until the notification of the family is completed.

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Last month, two U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan when their helicopter crashed in eastern Logar province. The Taliban claimed responsibility for that crash, saying they had downed the helicopter, causing many fatalities. The U.S. military dismissed the Taliban claim as false.

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Monday’s death brings the number of U.S. deaths in Afghanistan this year to 20. There have also been three non-combat deaths this year. More than 2,400 Americans have died in the nearly 18-year war.

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South Carolina Democrat facing backlash after Army, Navy personnel cleared of ‘white power’ hand-signal allegations

A Democratic state lawmaker from South Carolina was facing backlash Saturday from critics who accused her of going silent after previously accusing Army and Navy personnel of being “cruel and disrespectful” at last weekend’s Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia.

In a since-deleted tweet, state Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell wrote, “Three separate candidates making the white power symbol on television. Wonder what the culture is like for the cadet in the front? There’s no excuse and he and other minorities there shouldn’t have to deal with such a cruel and disrespectful environment.”

But since her tweet appeared, U.S. Military Academy cadets and U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen have been cleared of wrongdoing in separate military investigations.

ARMY, NAVY INVESTIGATORS FIND HAND GESTURES MADE DURING FOOTBALL BROADCAST WEREN’T RACIST

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Both the Military Academy, in West Point, N.Y., and the Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Md., said this week that the personnel at the game were playing the “sophomoric” game that had nothing to do with racism.

“Multiple individuals stated that the circle game is commonly played at the Naval Academy and in other military and civilian settings,” the Navy report stated, according to the Navy Times. “Additionally, when viewed in context with the other behavior displayed by both midshipmen and cadets during Gameday, it is reasonable to believe the midshipmen were playing the circle game.”

The Navy said the midshipmen showed “genuine shock” over the controversy, insisting they weren’t aware of the symbol’s racist ties.

“However, we are disappointed by the immature behavior of the two Fourth Class Midshipmen, and their actions will be appropriately addressed,” Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Sean Buck said.

West Point reached a similar conclusion.

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“Last Saturday we had reason to believe these actions were an innocent game and not linked to extremism, but we must take allegations such as these very seriously,” Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, West Point superintendent, expressed in a statement. “We are disappointed by the immature behavior of the cadets.”

On Friday, Daily Wire reporter Ryan Saavedra tweeted, “Will South Carolina Democrat @MPowersNorrell apologize now for smearing our troops?” along with a screenshot of Powers Norrell’s original tweet.

“Will @MPowersNorrell apologize to the brave cadets she smeared as racist this week? Totally unacceptable behavior from an elected official,” director Robby Starbuck also tweeted.

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Powers Norrell has represented her district since 2013.

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Air Force Secretary Barrett: Space Force now operating to preserve and protect our vital interests in space

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From the moment most Americans wake up and pour a cup of coffee in the morning, they use space to make life easier and more efficient. Space powers our smartphones and Wi-Fi networks, beams news over the TV, and gives us access to the latest weather report as we go out the door to work.

Back in 1947, the U.S. Air Force was created to build and maintain a dominant and preeminent presence in the air. On Friday, the U.S. Space Force was established and officially launched a new initiative to preserve and protect the nation’s vital interest in the safety and security of our assets in space.

As the sixth branch of the armed forces, the U.S. Space Force embodies our nation’s commitment to the peaceful development of space. President Trump’s leadership and vision, along with the bipartisan support in Congress, has transformed aspiration into reality. As the Air Force secretary, I am now charged with overseeing the development and growth of this new military service.

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While many Americans are familiar with our reliance on space for tasks like guiding a car’s GPS, few are aware that we are involved in a fierce and rapidly advancing space race.

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In military space, both China and Russia are investing in systems designed to erode our current innovative edge and defensive advantages. They are developing technologies that include artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and others directly related to operations in space. This drive and focus is reminiscent of the race to launch the first Earth-orbiting satellite in the 1950s.

The stakes are high. Competitors aspire to lap us and could do so within the next decade if we do not press forward.

In 2007 China launched an anti-satellite weapon and spread debris across a vast expanse of space. Today China has a GPS-like system called BeiDou-3, and it has launched 25 new satellites since 2015. Russia has a similar system and is equally ambitious.

A recent Defense Intelligence Agency report noted that China and Russia reorganized their militaries in 2015. They now monitor, target and track our forces from space, and continue to develop both ground- and space-based anti-satellite weaponry.

It is not a stretch to say we seek to avoid the historic Sputnik moment of the 1950s as we strive to maintain our edge in both commercial and military space development.

The time for a distinct, mission-driven U.S. Space Force has arrived. Just a few short years after the U.S. Air Force was organized as a separate military service, it was at the forefront of deterring Soviet aggression and developing technologies that eventually won the Cold War, including intercontinental ballistic missiles, smart weapons and stealth.

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Looking forward, the U.S. Space Force will be a similar vanguard for our nation as we continue to invest in space.

We will continue investing in the next generation of early-warning satellites that detect missile launches worldwide. We will continue investing in measures to protect our satellites against attack to safeguard both civilian and military interests and the benefits that they afford. We will continue investing in the training and equipping of our airmen serving on the frontlines of this initiative.

The Department of the Air Force has made double-digit increases in the space budget in recent years as we organize and develop new systems to prepare for what may be on the horizon.

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The Air Force has propelled the nation into an unparalleled global force in air and space. We have advanced from the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk and the first powered flight to the Sea of Tranquility and the first lunar landing.

Someday in the not too distant future, we will no doubt reflect back on the dawn of the U.S. Space Force as another momentous turning point in the course of history.

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Army apologizes after posting image of Nazi war criminal on Battle of the Bulge’s 75th anniversary

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The U.S. Army is apologizing Tuesday for posting an image of a Nazi war criminal on some of its social media accounts during Monday’s 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge.

The colorized photo of Joachim Peiper – a Nazi Waffen-SS officer whose unit was responsible for mowing down 84 Americans during the battle, in a war crime that became known as the Malmedy massacre – had been posted on the Facebook pages of the Department of Defense, the Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps and the 10th Mountain Division, according to the Military Times.

The image was intended to be the start of a photo narrative in commemoration of the famed World War II battle, but was later yanked down Monday following an uproar.

“We regret the use of the photograph of Joachim Peiper,” the XVIII Airborne Corps posted Tuesday on Twitter. “The intent was to tell the full story of the Battle of the Bulge, which will continue here, by explaining the incredible odds that were stacked up against the American Soldier by the time the reserve was called in on 18 Dec.”

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The image of Peiper had drawn swift condemnation from Lt. Col Brian Fickel, an Army public affairs officer.

“I am dumbfounded by the decision to prominently display a Nazi on military social media on the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge,” he had tweeted.

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In a post that The Independent newspaper says was deleted from the XVIII Airborne Corps’ Facebook page, a user wrote: “This photo looks like you admire the SS – if that is not your intention please move it to later in the article and provide a caption (other than ‘Coloured by Tobias Kurtz)”

The Corps, in response to the comment, reportedly said “sometimes in movies, the movie will create a sense of tension by introducing a bad guy. It is a technique of effective storytelling.”

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Walter Borneman: Battle of the Bulge — waged on victory’s doorstep — proved WWII wasn’t over yet

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The most perilous periods in any contest — whether in war, politics, or sport — are those moments passed in anticipation of apparent victory. The win is not yet secure, but a sense of inevitable triumph hangs in the air. One’s opponent, however, is still dangerous. The U.S. Army experienced such anticipation with deadly results 75 years ago in the forests of western Europe.

Six months after the Normandy invasion, there was much talk that World War II in Europe was all but over. “Home for Christmas” was a sentiment espoused from top leaders down to frontline troops. But as December snows fell and temperatures plummeted, American soldiers still faced the enemy. Throughout eastern Belgium, Luxembourg and northeastern France, GIs settled in for what they anticipated would be a cold but quiet Christmas.

Meanwhile, undetected and far from being destroyed, the German army had marshaled its strength for one last powerful punch.

On the morning of Dec.16, 1944, Adolf Hitler unleashed 400,000 men and over 1,400 tanks in a massive counterattack along a 65-mile front. Spearheaded by Panzer divisions with Tiger II tanks, its objective was to split Allied forces in half and capture the critical supply port of Antwerp, forcing a peace before the Allies crossed the Rhine into Germany itself.

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From out of the wintry gloom this juggernaut crashed through forests and villages and sent American troops reeling in retreat. Allied airpower might have blunted the attack, but planes were momentarily grounded by bad weather. Pockets of resistance stiffened but some units, such as the 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne, were cut off and surrounded. The only saving grace proved to be that snow-covered roads also hampered the German advance.

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In recently liberated towns, there was a sense of dread. American flags hung by locals celebrating freedom only weeks before were quickly taken down as khaki-clad troops loaded into trucks and continued their retreat westward. A war correspondent hastening to pay his hotel bill and escape one Belgium town was assured by the landlady, “That’s all right. You’ll be back in a few days and you can pay me then.” But there was no guarantee and there were tears in her eyes. She, too, had savored the anticipation of victory.

What came to be called the Battle of the Bulge was the bloodiest single battle fought by U.S. troops during World War II. Some 19,000 Americans were killed and more than 46,000 wounded.

Back home in the United States, there had been similar anticipation.

Families preparing for Christmas hoped for the imminent return of loved ones in uniform. My grandmother was one of them. Her only child, a son just turned 19, was coming home on leave after completing basic training. She fervently prayed the fighting would end before he was ordered overseas.

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But holiday newspapers around the country offered little hope of that and instead told of a growing bulge in the Allied lines. Throughout the Ardennes Forest and across hedgerows and fields, casualties mounted. Bullets, frostbite and bitter cold took their toll and many Americans were taken prisoner. The burden of the fight fell without discrimination among the relatively inexperienced as well the battle-hardened troops of the 28th Infantry Division, ironically “resting” in a supposed quiet area after months in fierce combat.

It took renewed American resolve to prevail and achieve the anticipated victory. After three German lines of attack pushed the bulge deep into American lines, they sputtered to a halt far short of Antwerp. The 2nd Armored Division stopped the Panzer spearhead at Celles and units from Gen. George Patton’s Third Army broke the siege of Bastogne on the day after Christmas. When urged to surrender by encircling German forces, the commander of the 101st Division had replied, “Nuts!” and held on.

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What came to be called the Battle of the Bulge was the bloodiest single battle fought by U.S. troops during World War II. Some 19,000 Americans were killed and more than 46,000 wounded. The war proved to be far from over that December.

The bulge in the Allied lines was eliminated by February 1945, but the war in Europe went on for another four months. There were many more casualties during campaigns to cross the Rhine into Germany as well as advances in southeastern France and northern Italy. The anticipation of victory had indeed been premature.

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Trump attends Army-Navy rivalry game in Philadelphia

President Trump attended the 120th Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia on Saturday for the third time, where he told players they can play professional football after graduation under a new waiver for service academy athletes.

Trump stopped at the locker rooms of both the Army Black Knights, who are 5-7 heading into the game, and the Navy Midshipmen, with a record of 9-2, to wish the teams good luck and announce that their service could be delayed to play in the NFL.

“So what we’re doing now is you’ll go out and you’ll make a fortune,” Trump said in the Army locker room. “And after you are all finished with your professional career, you’ll go and you’ll serve. And everybody’s thrilled.”

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President Donald Trump greets the Navy football team in Philadelphia, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, before the Army-Navy college football game. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Trump was flanked by Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who confirmed that players from the service academies will have a waiver from their duties if they go on to play professional sports.

“We have changed that policy,” Esper said.

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President Donald Trump shakes hands with Army player Cole Christiansen in Philadelphia, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, before the Army-Navy college football game. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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The president also participated in the coin toss before the start of the game.

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President Donald Trump throws the coin before the start of the Army-Navy college football game in Philadelphia, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

A day after the House Judiciary Committee voted to advance two articles of impeachment against Trump in rainy Washington, D.C., the president gave the teams a pep talk before the game and participated in the opening ceremonies at Lincoln Financial Field. He wore his signature red Keep America Great cap on the rainy field.

Trump didn’t address reporters at the White House before departing, as weather forced the president to motorcade to Air Force One rather than take the helicopter and gaggle with reporters on the White House South Lawn.

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Trump attended the annual rivalry game last year and as president-elect in 2016.

Saturday’s game marks the 120th time the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, in New York, and United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., have played each other in the historic football rivarly.

Army has won the last three consecutive games, but Navy leads the series overall: 60-52-7.

Also in attendance on Saturday was Sully, the famous service dog of the late President George. H.W. Bush.

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