Trump softens Syria pullout schedule by giving the military four months

Trump softens Syria pullout schedule by giving the military four months

Trump softens Syria pullout schedule by giving the military four months

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"If anybody but Donald Trump did what I did in Syria, which was an ISIS loaded mess when I became President, they would be a national hero", Trump tweeted.

Graham has been one of a number of Republican critics of the planned withdrawal, arguing that it would embolden the Syrian regime and its main allies - Russian Federation and Iran, while undermining the fight against Daesh.

The source added that Netanyahu came out of the meeting with Pompeo feeling that Israel has the ability to influence certain aspects of USA policy, and the two countries are now working on plans to make the American troop pull-out as non-disruptive for Israeli security as possible.

Much of the criticism surrounding the President's decision to withdraw troops from Syria - a move he frequently mentioned both on the campaign trail and in office - has been tied to the possibility that a lack of U.S. troops could allow ISIS to regain some of its strength in the region.

On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Netanyahu that the planned withdrawal of US ground forces from Syria will not alter America's commitment to countering Iranian aggression and maintaining Israel's security.

Some critics also have expressed fear of a rapid withdrawal of US troops.

Trump's abrupt pullout - which was criticized by a raft of current and former officials from both parties - fueled speculation that Kurdish fighters in Syria would be left at the mercy of the Turkish military, with whom some of them have been fighting a low-intensity conflict for decades.

US President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting on day 12 of the partial US government shutdown at the White House in Washington, US, January 2, 2019.

"We still have some differences but I will tell you that the president is thinking long and hard about Syria - how to withdraw our forces but at the same time achieve our national security interests", Graham said.

On CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday morning, Graham said Trump had talked to General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "To be able to leave Syria and make sure ISIS never comes back".

"They're pulling people out of Syria, but they can do what they want there, frankly", he said.

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"He said "we're killing ISIS" for Assad and Iran" and that Iran "hates ISIS more than we do". "We're slowly sending our troops back home to be with their families, while at the same time fighting Isis [Islamic State] remnants", he said on Twitter on Monday. "I'm getting out, we're getting out of Syria-look, we don't want Syria".

"I said, 'You know, I never said that I'm going to rush out, '" the President told Fox News Channel in an interview that ran on Monday.

Another prominent critic of the pullout was retired United States army general Stanley McChrystal, the former commander of USA and global forces in Afghanistan, who on Sunday warned on ABC's "This Week" that a U.S. pullout would likely cause "greater instability" in the region.

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