After 9/11: two former presidents visit after Donald Trump pulls out of deal

At a Coast Guard station in New York, two former presidents visited to thank thousands of service members stationed in the city.

“There is no greater gift in the life of any young service member than the chance to serve your country,” former President George W Bush said at the station in the Bronx. “We’re so proud of you.”

That visit took place on Thanksgiving.

Barack Obama visited Monday, a separate but entirely separate visit that took place at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, where the former president visited active duty service members. It was reportedly the first time he and his family had been on the West Coast since he was president, according to WTTG Fox 5, the station that covered the visit.

The news station said Obama spoke with the service members and thanked them for their service. The three talk about the War on Terror, a topic he addressed a day earlier during a speech at a Democratic conference in Las Vegas.

A year ago, the US and North Korea had made a pledge to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. But since then, that has not happened.

“It’s now nine months later,” Obama said. “They haven’t submitted any intelligence. They haven’t declared any facilities. They’re still testing ballistic missiles.”

“You can’t protect against failures on that scale,” he said. “I have no patience for nations that don’t play by the rules.”

He said it took 10 years for the US to work with Iraq to get it to declare weapons of mass destruction.

“And we’re still not quite sure they did, not even the Iraqi weapons of mass destruction,” he said.

Obama has harshly criticized Donald Trump for his decision to pull out of the international Iran nuclear deal and is preparing to issue a final report as he nears the end of his term.

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