Trump defends pulling United States forces from Syria

Trump defends pulling United States forces from Syria

Still, Mr Trump declined to set a timetable for U.S. withdrawal from Syria, reversing an earlier announcement of a fast pullout over a period of 30 days.

The South Carolina Republican said he would ask Trump "to sit down with his generals and reconsider how to do this". The decision prompted Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to resign. He said it rather dismissively, as if that percent should be seen as insignificant, despite the fact that as recently as a few weeks ago Trump used the possibility of ISIS coming to the United States as a primary rationale for building the wall. It is Fake News and Pundits who have FAILED for years that are doing the complaining.

The president suggested the results are far better than he ever said they were going to be, and reminded Americans he campaigned against "never-ending wars".

Critics not only warn of a resurgence of IS, but worry that the American exit is a betrayal of US -backed Kurdish forces in Syria and leaves them vulnerable to an attack from Turkish forces.

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It was not clear how many fighters would remain in Manbij.

Critics had contended that the US withdrawal would embolden Iran and Russian Federation, which have supported the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Earlier in the day, he said the removal of US troops could leave Syrian Kurds at risk from both ISIS and Turkey. Bolton also will be discussing increased cooperation with the Turkish military and other partners.

Mr Bolton, Mr Jeffrey and US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford are scheduled to visit Israel and Turkey next week to discuss the withdrawal plan.

The report also comes after a senior Israeli official said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked Trump to stagger the planned withdrawal of USA military forces from Syria over a lengthy period of time, rather than an immediate pullout.

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Graham says Trump is receptive to making a deal if it achieves his goal of securing the border. And Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told reporters that a "pause situation" on the troop withdrawal was in effect. "We will continue the same way as before this decision was made", Pompeo said. "Slow it down. Make sure we get it right".

He said Trump's trip to Iraq last week was an eye-opener and he understood the need to "finish the job" with Islamic State, also known as ISIS. On Monday, he said he was "slowly" pulling troops out. If the Kurds - which Ankara considers terrorists - were to actually leave the area, there would be "no job left" there for the Turkish military, Erdogan said.

Lindsey Graham, a close ally of the President, told reporters at the White House that Trump will reevaluate the withdrawal plan for Syria, although the SC senator told CNN later Sunday that the President had not reversed his Syria orders.

He has joined other Republicans and Democrats in criticising Trump's order for the pullout of all 2,000 United States troops deployed in Syria in support of anti-IS fighters made up mostly of Kurds. "I'm getting out, we're getting out of Syria-look, we don't want Syria". Sean Robertson, told the Times on Monday, "I'll let the president's words speak for themselves".

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On Sunday, retired four-star Gen. Stanley McChrystal told ABC News he finds Trump "immoral and dishonest" and disagreed with Trump's claims that ISIS has been defeated. "If you pull American influence out, you're likely to have greater instability".

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