Trump Agrees to Keep Troops in Syria – Administration Official

Middle East

After a contradiction from the US special envoy to the US-led coalition, Trump has vowed to keep the country’s troops in Syria “a little longer,” but still wants the withdrawal relatively soon.

A senior administration official told NBC News Trump made the decision during a meeting on Tuesday but, “He wasn’t thrilled about it, to say the least.”

“The president made his displeasure clear about any kind of long-term presence in Syria,” the official stated.

Trump came to the decision after Defense Secretary James Mattis and other top officials explained that a complete withdrawal of US troops now would risk all the gains already made against the Islamic State, the media report said.

“We’re not going to immediately withdraw but neither is the president willing to back a long-term commitment,” a senior US administration official said.

The president, however, hasn’t approved any specific withdrawal timetable, the official noted. According to him, while Trump wants to ensure that the Daesh terror group is defeated, he also wants other regional countries, as well as the United Nations, to step up and help provide stability in Syria.

The March 3 statement by US President Donald Trump, vowing to pull out the country’s troops from Syria in the near term, was met with a contradictory reaction from Trump’s special envoy to the US-led coalition, Brett McGurk. The official responded that the coalition’s…

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