Trump says he wants US troops ‘out’ of Syria

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a joint news conference with Baltic leaders at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 3, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

US President Donald Trump will discuss with the national security team on Tuesday options to come out of Syria after ISIS’s defeat.

President Donald Trump reiterated that he wanted US troops to be pulled out of Syria Tuesday, but indicated that a decision had not yet been taken.

“I want to bring our troops back home. I want to start rebuilding our nation,” Trump said, having indicated that US troops will leave once ISIS is routed.

“Our primary mission in terms of that was getting rid of ISIS. We’ve almost completed that task,” Trump said. “We’ll be making a decision very quickly.”

According to Al Arabiya’s Senior Correspondent in Washington, senior White House sources confirmed on Tuesday that Trump is set to meet US National Security Council members on Tuesday in the presence of senior military commanders to review the situation in Syria, and is scheduled to decide whether to keep US troops in Syria or withdraw after the meeting.

Al Arabiya spoke to US administration officials, noting that the situation was completely ambiguous for them, many of whom said they would wait for the outcome of the National Security Council meeting on Tuesday, and hinted that Trump’s decision would partly depend on the complexities of US relations with Turkey and Russia. (Source: Al Arabiya)


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