'Sand and death': Donald Trump summarises Syria

Trump Goes Wobbly on Threats

Trump did not provide a timetable for the planned military exit from Syria, which he announced last month against the advice of top national security aides and without consulting lawmakers or USA allies participating in anti-Islamic State operations. Pompeo allayed Netanyahu's concerns about Trump's pullout from Syria, which is a source of concern for Israel, which is anxious about growing Iranian influence in Syria.

However, Trump modified that decision, following a December 26 visit to Iraq, where he was briefed by USA commanders, as Sen.

"... I campaigned on getting out of Syria and other places".

While White House officials have denied reports that Trump also has ordered half of the 14,000 USA troops in Afghanistan to come home, Trump made it clear he has run out of patience for what's become the longest United States war.

Contradicting Trump's claim, France's defence minister said on 20 December that IS had been weakened but not been wiped from the map in Syria and that the fight to defeat them definitively in their remaining pockets needed to carry on. "We will continue the same way as before this decision was made", Pompeo said.

President Trump has rowed back from his surprise announcement that he would pull American troops swiftly out of Syria, saying that the plan will instead be implemented "slowly". "Just doing what I said I was going to do!"

"Military officials have declined to specify the timing of the departure, partly for operational security reasons and partly because many details are still quite fluid, and officials recognize that Mr. Trump could change his mind at any moment and speed up the departure".

The decision prompted Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to resign.

"The last thing in the world we want is a war for Turkey and the Kurds", Graham said. He said, "We have won against ISIS ... we have beaten them and we've beaten them badly and now it's time for our troops to come back home".

"We don't want to be taken advantage of any more by countries that use us", he said.

"The impromptu announcement of the United States withdrawal from (Syria) caused a lot of questions", French Defense Minister Florence Parly said Monday on a visit to French personnel stationed in Jordan.

After two hours, he emerged, saying Trump "understands the need to finish the job".

Despite this fact, Trump administration officials are casting the new timeline as a slowdown and an example of the President being reasonable after hearing pushback from the Pentagon and allies such as Sen.

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.

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