President Donald Trump gives military 4 months to leave Syria

President Donald Trump gives military 4 months to leave Syria

President Donald Trump gives military 4 months to leave Syria

He said Trump reassured him that the United States' Kurdish allies would be protected.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a vocal critic of President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw us troops from Syria, said he felt confident on the pullout after spending a two-hour lunch with the president on December 30.

The move resulted in the resignation of US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis.

The South Carolina Republican said he would ask Trump "to sit down with his generals and reconsider how to do this".

Blaming the balance of power in Syria on his predecessor, Barack Obama, Trump said the country was "lost long ago" and that he did not want the USA military fighting there forever.

'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.

"We want to protect the Kurds, nevertheless, we want to protect the Kurds but I don't want to be in Syria forever", the president said as he told reporters USA military would withdraw from Syria "over a period of time".

In a long and news-making Q&A with reporters after his remarks at a Cabinet meeting at the White House, President Donald Trump addressed the issue of Syria extensively.

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On Sunday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who is one of Trump's principal allies in an increasingly unfriendly Congress, lunched at the White House to urge a rethink on Syria. Jerry Boykin explains why America's withdrawal from Syria puts Christians in that region, as well as Israel, in a unsafe position.

"I am the only person in America who could say that, 'I'm bringing our great troops back home, with victory, ' and get BAD press", Trump tweeted Monday. We will work closely together to make sure we get this right. "We're going to discuss the intense cooperation between Israel and the United States, which will also deal with the questions following the decision, the American decisions on Syria - on how to intensify even further our intelligence and operations cooperation in Syria and elsewhere to block Iranian aggression in the Middle East, to roll it back".

"They can do what they want there, frankly", Trump said of Iran's presence in Syria.

Graham is specifically calling for helping young "Dreamer" immigrants remain in the U.S.as well as another 400,000 people from countries struggling with natural disasters or armed conflicts.

Trump staunchly defended his decision in a series of tweets in which he took aim at his critics.

"After discussions with the President and (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph) Dunford, I never felt better about where we are headed", Graham said. "That's why we need a forward-deployed force in Iraq and Syria and Afghanistan for a while to come".

"I think we're slowing things down in a smart way", Graham said, adding that Trump was very aware of the plight of the Kurds.

National security adviser John Bolton is scheduled to travel to Israel and Turkey in January.

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