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Mike Pence makes surprise visit to Iraq

Mike Pence visits Iraq
Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence. Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP

Vice President Pence made a previously undisclosed visit to Iraq on Saturday, "the highest-level American trip since President Trump ordered a pullback of U.S. forces in Syria two months ago," AP's Zeke Miller reports from Erbil.

The state of play: "Flying in a C-17 military cargo jet to preserve the secrecy of the visit to the conflict zone, Pence landed in Erbil to meet with Iraqi Kurdistan President Nechirvan Barzani," AP writes.

Pence adviser rebukes Jennifer Williams on Ukraine call: "I heard nothing wrong"

Keith Kellogg. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, who serves as national security adviser to Vice President Pence, rebuked his colleague Jennifer Williams' claim that the call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky was "inappropriate" in a statement on Tuesday.

What he's saying:

"I was on the much-reported July 25 call between President Donald Trump and President Zelensky. ... I heard nothing wrong or improper on the call. I had and have no concerns. Ms. Williams was also on the call, and as she testified, she never reported any personal or professional concerns to me, her direct supervisor, regarding the call."
— Keith Kellogg