Trump gives military four months to leave Syria

Trump Goes Wobbly on Threats

Yet Trump, on Wednesday, said that Tehran, like the U.S., was withdrawing its forces from Syria.

During a Cabinet meeting at the White House in front of reporters on Wednesday, Trump said he had never discussed a reported four-month timetable for the withdrawal of 2,000 American troops stationed in Syria.

Trump's troop drawdowns triggered the resignation of his defense secretary, Jim Mattis, long one of the chaotic administration's steady hands.

Asked in a Fox News interview Monday about how he had assuaged Graham, the president said, "I said, 'You know, I never said that I'm going to rush out'".

The officials referred to the US President's meeting with Lt. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera, head of the Combined Joint Task Force fighting Daesh* in the region, during which Trump said that the troops could have several months to ensure a "succinct departure".

"We are proud that we can say that we as Syriac-Assyrian Christians have fought side by side with the United States".

Trump told Lt. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera, the head of USA forces fighting ISIS in the region, during his trip to Iraq last week that troops could have several months to ensure a succinct departure, two USA officials told the Times.

Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, will be traveling to Israel and Turkey in early January to discuss what the White House says is the "deliberate and coordinated" withdrawal of USA forces from Syria.

Mr Trump's troop pullout plan met strong criticism from major allies, and senior Republicans like Mr Graham.

Israel worries that Iran is constructing a "land bridge" connecting resources and military forces from Tehran all the way to the Mediterranean Sea through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, taking advantage of broken local governments and American retreats.

While White House officials have denied reports that Trump also has ordered half of the 14,000 USA troops in Afghanistan to come home, Trump made it clear he has run out of patience for what's become the longest United States war. "The fighting has just begun and we are confident of victory from Allah".

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

"... I campaigned on getting out of Syria and other places".

"And, at the end of the day, if we leave the Kurds and abandon them and they get slaughtered, who's going to help you in the future?" he said. I'm getting out, we're getting out of Syria.

"It is Fake News and Pundits who have FAILED for years that are doing the complaining".

"I think we're in a pause situation where we're re-evaluating what's the best way to achieve the president's objective of having people pay more and do more", Graham said.

"We talked about Syria and he told me some things I didn't know that make me feel a lot better about where we're headed in Syria", the SC lawmaker said of his meeting with Trump. "That's why we need a forward-deployed force in Iraq and Syria and Afghanistan for a while to come".

That proposal would likely anger Turkey, where Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, is expected to hold talks this week.

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