World Trump still intends to get U.S. troops out of Syria as soon as possible, White House says

06:25  17 april  2018
06:25  17 april  2018 Source:

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With ISIS on the run in Syria , President Trump this week declared that he intends to make good on his promise to bring the troops home. “I want to get out . I want to bring our troops back home,” said the president. We’ve gotten “nothing out of the trillion (spent) in the Middle East in the last 17 years. …

"We are studying that situation extremely closely we're looking at that very, very strongly and very seriously." Speaking of his earlier claim to get the U . S . troops out of Syria soon , Trump said "we'll be making that decision very quickly, probably by the end of today."

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The White House said Monday that President Trump still intends an early exit for U.S. troops in Syria, as French President Emmanuel Macron attempted to walk back his suggestion that he had convinced Trump to keep them there for the “long term.”

Macron’s remarks on Sunday had hinted at a major policy shift for Trump, who had said he wanted a U.S. departure from Syria “very soon.” But “our policy hasn’t changed,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, and Trump remains focused on defeating the Islamic State and on getting countries in the Persian Gulf to pick up the financial and military burden of Syria stabilization in the future.

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Yet, less than a week ago at a news conference, Trump said , "I want to get out . Now, Trump is being criticized for much the same thing, announcing his intention to bring home the 2,000 U . S . troops stationed in Syria as soon as possible .

When asked to elaborate, though, he insisted that the job was “almost completed” and restated his intention to withdraw U . S . soldiers from Syria as soon as possible (while resurrecting a The White House revealed that Trump was convinced of the value of a short-term deployment in Syria .

The United States, France and Britain have all offered official justifications for their joint military strike on Syrian chemical weapons sites over the weekend and their own versions of what it means for Syria’s civil war.

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In London, British Prime Minister Theresa May rejected criticism that she acted on Trump’s “whims” and said that her decision to send Royal Air Force warplanes to attack Syrian targets was not done as a favor to the president.

“We have not done this because President Trump asked us to do so,” May told the House of Commons on Monday. “We have done it because it is in our national interest to do so.”

Averting an “overwhelming humanitarian catastrophe is permissible under international law,” May said.

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“We’ll be coming out of Syria very soon ,” Trump told the crowd. And just two hours before Trump ’ s remarks, the Pentagon had said US troops needed to stay in Syria to “guarantee the lasting defeat” of ISIS.

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Macron and Trump also have cited the preservation of international law against the use of chemical weapons, although Trump has said his constitutional powers to protect “U.S. interests” provided authority to order the strikes without congressional consultation.

Russia, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s main backer, has said that an alleged chemical attack on April 7 in the Damascus suburb of Douma did not happen, and that it was a provocation staged by anti-Assad rebels.

May said British confidence that the Syian government was responsible for the attack, which killed dozens of civilians, was based on “a significant body of information — including intelligence.” U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis also alluded to unspecified “intelligence” that reached him Friday and convinced him that the Syrian government was indisputably responsible for the attack.

Democratic lawmakers renew calls for congressional authorization of Syria strikes

  Democratic lawmakers renew calls for congressional authorization of Syria strikes Democratic lawmakers fervently renewed their calls for congressional approval of military force following President Donald Trump's Friday night announcement of US precision strikes against Syria. "The President must come to Congress and secure an Authorization for Use of Military Force by proposing a comprehensive strategy with clear objectives that keep our military safe and avoid collateral damage to innocent civilians," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said in a statement Friday night.

But Trump has given no formal order to pull out the 2,000 U . S . troops currently in Syria , nor offered a public timetable, other than to say the United States will pull out just as soon as the last remaining IS fighters can be vanquished.

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In both cases, the reference was based on electronic intercepts acquired by France and passed on to the United States and Britain, U.S. officials said. U.S. intelligence agencies declined to comment on the reported intercepts.

Although the administration has said its strategy in Syria is to defeat the Islamic State and create conditions for a political settlement of Syria’s civil war, it has also said its direct involvement concerns only the former.

On Sunday, Macron said that despite Trump’s pledge to disengage from Syria, “we convinced him that it was necessary to stay there long-term.” That brought a denial from the White House and a Monday attempt by Macron to at least partially backtrack.

Speaking at a news conference during a visit to New Zealand, Macron said defeating the militants remains the military objective for France and the United States, and that the mission would end on “the day” that is accomplished.

“I did not say” that either country “would remain militarily engaged in Syria in the long term,” he said.

But Macron added that “I’m right to say that the United States of America — because it decided to carry out this intervention with us — fully realized that our responsibility went beyond the war on Daesh,” the Arabic term for the Islamic State, “and that we also have a humanitarian responsibility on the ground and a long-term responsibility to build peace.”

Trump remains unpopular in Britain and France. Both Macron and May are anxious not to appear subservient to the president, even as they try to convince him of the value of their alliance.

That value, they hope, will pay dividends next month, when Trump must decide whether to drop out of the Iran nuclear deal to which all of them — along with Germany, Russia and China — are signatories.

McAuley reported from Paris, and Booth reported from London. Ellen Nakashima in Washington contributed to this report.

Trump says US wants 'lasting' footprint in Syria .
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to dial back a promise to withdraw US troops from Syria immediately, saying it was important to not allow Iranian influence to grow in the country. Stating that troops would be coming home soon, Trump nonetheless said that the United States wanted to "leave a strong and lasting footprint​" in the country."We don't want to give Iran open season to the Mediterranean," Trump told a joint press conference with his visiting French counterpart Emmanuel Macron."We're going to be coming home relatively soon.

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