On May 12, Iraqis elected a new national parliament. In a surprise turn, a coalition led by controversial cleric Moqtada al-Sadr — a staunch opponent of both US and Iranian influence in Iraq — won the most seats.
The populist Shi'ite cleric, a longtime adversary of the United States, was a surprise win for Iraq. The preliminary results were based on a count of more than 91 percent of the votes cast in 16 of Iraq's 18 provinces.
"I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting. They seem to be in good health," Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.