Trump Says US To Withdraw From Syria "Over A Period Of Time"

Trump Says US To Withdraw From Syria

The cabinet meeting on Wednesday was the first time that Trump, himself, expressed his continuing commitment to Syria's Kurds, since his surprise announcement of a United States withdrawal.

Arab states, including some that once backed rebels against President Bashar al-Assad, are seeking to reconcile with him after decisive gains by his forces in the war, aiming to expand their clout in Syria at the expense of non-Arab Turkey and Iran.

In contrast to previously emphatic victory declarations, Trump said that "ISIS is mostly gone".

In a series of tweets on Monday, the president said he was the only person in the United States who could bring USA troops home with victory and still be subjected to negative reporting.

But after saying troops would come home right away, and that the Islamic State group was defeated, he didn't give any specific timetable. "I'm not thrilled about that, I'm not happy about it at all". "I never said I'm getting out tomorrow".

Trump also refused to give a specific timeline on when a complete withdrawal of the United States troops stationed in Syria will take place, but officials told the New York Times on Monday that he had caved to the military on a four-month withdrawal.

He said: "I shouldn't be popular in Europe".

The immediate reason for Mattis's resignation was Trump's announcement that he's ordering United States troops out of Syria.

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The US has at least 2,000 troops stationed in the region, where it has also waged an aerial campaign in support of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group.

"I think we're in a pause situation where we are reevaluating what's the best way to achieve the President's objective of having people pay more and do more", he said.

The view is popular with many Americans, but critics, including some of Washington's closest allies, say the United States can not abandon its traditional leadership role.

"Oh, we're withdrawing", he added, saying only that it would happen "over a period of time". "Our priority is to continue until the end".

On Friday, Britain's foreign minister, Jeremy Hunt, was less diplomatic, telling Radio 4 that Trump "makes a specialty of talking in very black and white terms about what's happening in the world".

On Sunday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who had expressed concern about Trump's pullout, emerged from a two-hour lunch meeting with the president to say Trump 'understands the need to finish the job'.

YPG is the Syrian wing of PKK terrorist group but the U.S. does not recognize it as such, U.S. Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey also confessed recently.

"We're slowly sending our troops back home to be with their families, while at the same time fighting Isis [Islamic State] remnants", Trump said on Twitter on Monday.

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