On Tuesday, President Donald Trump said he plans to call U.S. troops in Syria back home, but only after the Islamic State has been banished.
I want to get out, I want to bring our troops back home,
the President told the press.
He added that the U.S. has “almost” defeated the international terror group during the Syrian civil war. Last week, Trump hinted at a permanent pullout. Yet, this week, he said that the U.S. will not leave Syria until ISIS is gone and allies give their approval.
Trump promised to reach a decision in a short time after consulting “others in the area”. During a meeting with the Baltic Nations, he said that U.S. allies like Saudi Arabia may have to support financially U.S. troops in Syria if they refuse to let them leave.
The Trump Administration Thinking about a Pullout “Very Seriously”
Last week, the U.S. leader said in Ohio that U.S. troops will leave Syria “like very soon”. On Tuesday, he added conditions to the decision to pull out the troops. Trump’s remarks come in response to a CNN report about the U.S. government’s plans to deploy “dozens of additional U.S. troops to northern Syria.”
On Tuesday, Trump said the billions of dollars spent in Syria to fight ISIS could have been spent on projects that could benefit the U.S. economy instead. After saying that his administration is thinking “very seriously” about a pullout, he concluded that it is time to bring the troops back home.
A military official said that there are still around 2,200 ISIS fighters left in Syria whose bases are located along the border with Iraq. The official added that the U.S. lacks “the numbers” to take care of the issue alone.
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