While most members of Congress celebrated the 4th of July holiday by taking part in parades and other events across their districts, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, once again spent the holiday visiting American soldiers stationed overseas.
The Massachusetts Democrat, who visited U.S. troops in Afghanistan last Independence Day, traveled to Kuwait and Iraq this week to meet with American service members, military leaders and foreign service officers.
Warren, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, began her visit Tuesday with breakfast at Camp Arifjan, a U.S. military base located approximately 45 minutes outside of Kuwait City, according to her office. The senator ate with about 25 Massachusetts National Guard soldiers deployed to Kuwait.
Later Tuesday, Warren met U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, in Erbil before they flew together to the NATO Operations Center-East and Mosul, a city under reconstruction after being liberated from the so-called Islamic State last year.
Lt. Gen. Paul Funk and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman joined the two senators in visiting a mosque in West Mosul that had been destroyed during the fighting, Warren’s office noted.
That evening, Warren and Graham traveled to Baghdad to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
The Massachusetts senator tweeted that the three discussed “Iraq’s recent elections, our countries’ joint commitment to defeating ISIS and combating terrorism in the region and our shared desire to build a better life for the Iraqi people.”
On Wednesday, Warren had breakfast with a group of foreign service officers from Massachusetts assigned to the embassy in Baghdad before attending a briefing with senior military leadership of the Combined Joint Task Force – Operations Inherent Resolve, according to her office.
She praised the foreign service officers’ work, calling them “our eyes and ears on the ground in some of the world’s most challenging places.”
The senator later had lunch with a group of U.S. military personnel, and then flew to Camp Taji to meet with other military personnel with Massachusetts ties. She then attended the embassy’s 4th of July reception before departing back for Boston.
Warren, following her trip, thanked U.S. service members for “the sacrifices they make to keep our country safe.”
“And I’m honored to have celebrated this Independence Day with these brave men and women,” she posted on Twitter Wednesday.