Published: Tue, February 05, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump Questioned on Middle East Withdrawal in CBS Interview: ‘You’re Telegraphing Retreat’

Trump Questioned on Middle East Withdrawal in CBS Interview: ‘You’re Telegraphing Retreat’

Mr Trump said the United States had spent a "fortune" on the Al Asad Air Base in western Iraq, which he visited in December, and that the United States should hold on to it.

"Rather than pulling up, and this is what a lot of people don't understand, we're going to keep watching".

'We'll come back if we have to, ' he said.

President Donald Trump's pledge to use a United States base in Iraq to "watch" Iran has triggered a furious reaction from Baghdad.

IS will remain an issue unless Sunni "socio-economic, political, and sectarian grievances are not adequately addressed by the national and local governments of Iraq and Syria", the soldiers and diplomats argue. Last week, many top GOP senators voiced concern after Trump called the heads of his own intelligence agencies "naive" for contradicting him about the threats North Korea and the Islamic State pose to the U.S.

Former Iraq Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi‏ chimed in as well, writing on Twitter: "Iraqi sovereignty must be respected".

In the next parliamentary session, lawmakers will pass a law terminating "the security agreement with America, in addition to ending the presence of American military trainers and advisors and foreigners on Iraqi soil", Kaabi declared in a statement published by the parliament.

US officials have said Trump was also in the "process of evaluating" whether to withdraw some troops from Afghanistan, where they have been since 2001. Iraq should not be used as a spring board to attack its neighbours.

"We've done an incredible job with Syria", Trump stated.

According to the constitution, Hakim said, Iraq must not threaten the security and stability of the region and the world.

So we never had Syria. Left unsaid is that these grievances are a product of upheaval caused by the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and the USA support for sectarian rebels in Syria starting in 2011.

Multiple defense officials tell CNN that the President's remarks on monitoring Iran from Iraq were unclear to Pentagon officials who were unsure if they indicated the U.S. mission in Iraq is changing.

In an interview that aired on CBS before Sunday's big game, Trump said that he had seen "Mueller's report" on the 2016 election and that it did not link his campaign to Russian Federation.

Trump visited the al-Asad air base in Anbar province, which was under threat of a rocket attack on Saturday, when he dropped in for a few hours over Christmas.

During his roughly three-hour visit, his first to troops in a combat zone, Trump broke tradition set by previous USA presidents by not meeting with Iraqi leaders. His visit sparked outrage in Iraq when he failed to meet with any Iraqi officials.

Iraqi legislators told Reuters news agency that the two leaders had disagreed over where their planned meeting should take place: Trump had asked to meet at the military base, an offer Mahdi declined.

While the amendment is a nonbinding provision without the force of law, it sent a clear message to the White House that any plans to immediately pull troops out of war zones could jeopardize the fight against groups like the so-called Islamic State, leave Kurdish allies on the ground defenseless, and embolden USA adversaries like Russian Federation and Iran.

Trump expressed hope that Iran might change for the better now that the United States has withdrawn from the Iran nuclear deal and restored sanctions on the brutal regime in Tehran.

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