Published: Thu, January 03, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Top Republican says Trump vows to 'destroy' IS before leaving Syria

Top Republican says Trump vows to 'destroy' IS before leaving Syria

On Monday, Trump said on Fox News that he had conciliated Senator Lindsey Graham about Graham's concern regarding a rapid withdrawal, asserting, "I said, 'You know, I never said that I'm going to rush out.'" He added that the USA could still fight ISIS despite pulling out from Syria, positing, "You can do two things at once".

CNN has previously reported that a withdrawal of troops from Syria would take months because USA commanders have said they need to move slowly in order to protect the troops. And besides that, I don't want - we're talking about sand and death.

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.

"He told me some things I didn't know that made me feel a lot better about where we're headed in Syria", the SC lawmaker said.

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

Their departure was in line with an agreement "for the return of normal life to the area of northern Syria", the ministry said in a statement.

Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced this afternoon that Trump is now in a "pause situation" and reevaluating his decision to make an abrupt withdrawal from Syria.

Speaking later on CNN, Mr Graham also expressed concern that the United States withdrawal would leave "our allies the Kurds" in the north of Syria exposed to attacks from Turkey. That's a nightmare for Israel.

Asked about the timetable for withdrawing from Syria, Trump gave no specific timeline, but also did not back up claims made by Sen. "I never said fast or slow", he said.

The prime minister told the press ahead of the meeting-held in Brazil's capital after the inauguration of the country's new president, Jair Bolsonaro-the main topics of discussion was to be with the withdrawal of USA troops from Syria and Iranian attempts to establish a military presence in the war-torn country. "ISIS is being dealt one brutal defeat after another", he said at a rally in Florida.

The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) had confirmed earlier that they were evacuating the town, which they seized from the Daesh terrorist group in 2016.

For a president who has looked to the military for affirmation throughout his campaign and presidency and boasted about stocking his Cabinet with what he called "my generals", his decision December 19 to withdraw quickly from Syria was a significant split from his military and civilian advisers.

Graham said his meeting with Trump was reassuring.

Graham warned at the time that a reduction now of United States forces in war-torn Afghanistan risked "paving the way toward a second 9/11".

Two people have resigned since the decision was announced - Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and a top USA official in the fight against IS, Brett McGurk. That proposal would likely anger North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey, where Tump's national security adviser, John Bolton, will hold talks this week.

Like this: