Former President Trump, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee in 2024, unveiled a new television ad Sunday afternoon that will broadcast in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.
Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders described Trump’s surprise Christmas visit to Iraq in the one-minute TV broadcast. Just weeks before the Iowa caucuses, the ad stressed Trump’s experience as commander-in-chief.
“It was Christmas.” Sanders’ voice started, “We boarded Air Force One in complete darkness.” “We touched down in war-torn western Iraq. There are no lights on the runway. Hundreds of troops were crammed into a dining hall. They had no notion that the president and first lady were about to enter the room.”
“And when they did,” she went on, “it was a sight, a sound, and a scene that I hope I never forget.” The entire room exploded. That is the kind of patriotism that President Trump has restored to our country.”
“From the back of the crowd, one of the young men exclaimed, ‘Mr. President, I reenlisted in the military because of you.’ Without skipping a beat, the president added, ‘And son, I am here because of you.'”
The ad comes as Trump attempts to preserve his lead when the first round of presidential elections begins in Iowa next month.
Trump has a 33.6 percentage point advantage in Iowa, according to the Decision Desk HQ poll average. Trump’s lead in New Hampshire is only 17 percentage points, with his former UN ambassador, Nikki Haley, polling in a strong second place. Trump leads Haley by 29.5 percentage points in South Carolina.