US President Donald Trump has confirmed his intention to pull the country’s troops from Syria, explaining that the US military presence on Syria’s soil has benefited other countries more than Washington itself.
“Our primary mission in terms of that was getting rid of ISIS [Daesh]. We’ve almost completed that task and we’ll be making a decision very quickly in coordination with others, as to what we’ll do. Saudi Arabia is very interested in our decision,” Trump stated during a press conference with the heads of the three Baltic states. “I want to get out. I want to bring our troops home.”
The president specified that he would consult with the US-led coalition allies on the military withdrawal, aimed, as he claimed, to rebuild the US.
US media reported on Friday that Trump has ordered the suspension of more than $200 million in funds for recovery efforts in Syria.
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The statement follows Trump’s previous announcement, made on April 29, pledging to allow a United States’ withdrawal from Syria “very soon” and “let the other people take care of it” instead. Trump’s surprising decision contradicted previous comments coming from his administration, including senior Pentagon and State Department officials, saying that American troops would maintain an open-ended presence in Syria.
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