Trump defends pulling U.S. forces from Syria

Trump Goes Wobbly on Threats

Trump Goes Wobbly on Threats

However, Mr Trump said he did want to "protect" US-backed Kurdish fighters in the country as Washington draws down its 2,000 troops, which would happen "over a period of time". "I share his goal to withdraw our forces from Syria; I just want to do it in a smart way, make sure Iran is not the big victor", Graham told reporters outside the White House. We have other bases in the general area.

Meanwhile, a senior Israeli source said after the meeting that Israel got "almost everything it asked for" when Pompeo granted "seven out of eight" requests made Netanyahu during their meeting. Trump, in his December 19 pullout announcement, cited the same reasons, arguing that troops had no need to stay in the war-torn country.

Bolton's spokesman, Garrett Marquis, said in a statement Monday that Bolton will be joined in Turkey by Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and James Jeffrey, the secretary of state's special representative for Syria engagement. "But the goal has always been the same". In January, Turkey even launched a military operation in city of Afrin against the US-backed YPG, which is regarded by Turkey as an affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), listed as a terrorist organization by Ankara.

The counter-Islamic State campaign continues, our efforts to counter Iranian aggression continues, and our commitment to Middle East stability and the protection of Israel continues in the same way it did before that decision was made.

Graham told CNN later in the day that he didn't mean to suggest Trump is going back on his withdrawal decision.

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Officials in Washington were also anxious about the rise of maneuverable missiles that can strike their targets within seconds. At the time, he also cited its potential speed as being 20 times the speed of sound - which is 767 miles per hour .

Kuwait's Deputy foreign minister Khaled Al-Jarallah said the Gulf state remained committed to the Arab League's decision and would reopen its embassy in Damascus once the organisation allowed it.

But reflecting his frustration at the outpouring of criticism over his Syria strategy, Trump lashed out at opponents and the media, saying that he should be given more credit. "The pause is to assess the effects of the conditions on the ground".

Trump responded to the question, saying, "Somebody said four months, but I didn't say that", before he continued on to criticize former President Barack Obama's weak stance on Syria, which had left him in a hard position.

'ISIS is mostly gone, we're slowly sending our troops back home to be with their families, while at the same time fighting ISIS remnants, ' he said. He reiterated that he has fought against the "never-ending wars". "Just doing what I said I was going to do!"

That proposal would likely anger Turkey, where Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, is expected to hold talks in the coming days. "I'm not happy about it at all", he said.

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