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Once thought to be a moderate Republican, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has undergone an ideological shift to the right since her tenure as President Donald Trump's United Nations Ambassador—a post she left in late 2018.

Though she may no longer be a part of the Trump administration, she's remained an unwavering supporter of the President.

She made this clear in an appearance on Sean Hannity on Monday night.

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US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend a military briefing during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq on December 26, 2018. - President Donald Trump arrived in Iraq on his first visit to US troops deployed in a war zone since his election two years ago (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump hoped to gain public favor by sneaking off to visit troops in Iraq on Christmas night. But his Boxing Day visit drew more criticism than praise for several missteps taken by the President.

Before official visits, previous Presidents received protocol briefings to ensure they followed whatever guidance, regulations and customs required. It is unclear if Trump skips these briefings or disregards them, but none of his visits to any location or event have been without gaffes.

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TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive to speak to members of the US military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq on December 26, 2018. - President Donald Trump arrived in Iraq on his first visit to US troops deployed in a war zone since his election two years ago (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump's impromptu visit to Iraq on Wednesday has sparked outrage among Iraqi lawmakers, who condemned the presidential cameo as a violation of Iraqi sovereignty.

Trump surprised the nation on December 26 by dropping in on American peacekeeping forces stationed in the Al Anbar Province. marking his first such trip.

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TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greet members of the US military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq on December 26, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

After years of criticism for failing to do so, President Donald Trump visited a combat zone for the first time in his presidency. Trump made a surprise visit to troops at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq late Christmas night.

Trump's remarks to troops in the region were notably similar to one of his campaign rallies, with calls for walls and blame for Democrats. What's more, he added another lie to the over 5,000 false statements he's made during his presidency.

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KERMANSHAH, IRAN - NOVEMBER 13: Earthquake survivors mourn for the victims in Sarpol-e Zahab town of Kermanshah, Iran on November 13, 2017 following a 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit the Iraq and Iran. An earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale rocked northern Iraq and Iran, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Sunday evening. Turkish paramedic teams and rescue teams dispatched to the disaster area under the coordination of Turkish aid agencies; AFAD (Turkey's Disaster Management Agency) and Kizilay (Turkish Red Crescent). At least 211 died and 2,504 others were injured in Iran's bordering regions, especially in Kermanshah province in west. (Photo by Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

News reports indicate more than 300 people were killed and more than 4,000 were injured after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the border region between Iran and Iraq late yesterday. Iran state news agency Irna reported a much higher estimate, however, quoting an emergency official as saying6,603 people were injured in the country alone. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake, which hit 19 miles from Halabja, Iraq, reached a depth of over 14 miles. Aftershocks were felt as far away as Pakistan, Lebanon, Kuwait, and Turkey.

Speaking to Reuters, Baghdad resident Majida Ameer described her experience: "I was sitting with my kids having dinner and suddenly the building was just dancing in the air. I thought at first that it was a huge bomb. But then I heard everyone around me screaming: 'Earthquake!'"

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A Pentagon effort to recoup enlistment bonuses for thousands of California National Guard soldiers over a decade since they served in Iraq and Afghanistan has earned widespread condemnation, and lawmakers are calling for the Pentagon and Congress to waive their debts.

The Pentagon demands repayment of bonuses which reached $15,000 or more. California Guard recruiters gave the bonuses out between 2006 and 2008 when the National Guard faced a shortage of troops to fight two unpopular wars. The Pentagon conducted a federal investigation in 2010 which found that thousands of bonuses and student loan payments were improperly given out to California National Guard soldiers. (Army Master Sgt. Toni Jaffe, the California National Guard's Bonus and Incentive manager was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison after pleading guilty in 2011 to filing $15.2 million in false claims.) About 9,700 current and retired soldiers received notices to repay some or all of their bonuses. Soldiers who refuse to pay face "interest charges, wage garnishments and tax liens," according to one report. The federal government has recovered $22 million thus far.

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[DIGEST: Politico, New York Times]

Journalists around the country leveled heated criticism at NBC's Matt Lauer after he failed to fact-check Trump on his claim that he did not support the Iraq war during Trump's appearance on Lauer's Commander-in-Chief Forum. When asked for examples of what he has done in his life that prepares him to "send men and women of the United States into harm's way," Trump was adamant: "The main thing is: I have great judgment,” he said. "I heard Hillary Clinton say I was not against the war in Iraq. I was totally against the war in Iraq. You can look at Esquire magazine from 2004. You can look at before that. And I was against the war in Iraq, I said it's going to totally destabilize the Middle East, which it has. It's been a disastrous war. And perhaps almost as bad was the way Barack Obama got out. That was a disaster."

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