Bolton: US Will Keep Its Troops in Syria Until ‘Iranian Menace’ Eliminated

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John Bolton’s comments are at odds with President Donald Trump’s March announcement that US troops would be leaving Syria “like, very soon.”

Speaking to ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday, US National Security Adviser John Bolton stated that Washington would maintain its military presence in Syria as long as Iran continues to be a threat to the region.

“But I think the president has made it clear that we are there until the ISIS* [Daesh] territorial caliphate is removed and as long as the Iranian menace continues throughout the Middle East,” he said.

Bolton also emphasized that the Syria issue would be on the agenda of the Helsinki summit between President Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on July 16.

“Let the Other People Take Care of it Now”

During a March speech in Ohio, President Trump stated that the US would be “coming out” of Syria “very soon” to “let the other people take care of it now” after claiming that Washington was “knocking the hell out of” Daesh.

His remarks came as a surprise, contradicting previous comments by the administration, including top-ranking officials at the Pentagon and State Department, suggesting that US forces would maintain an open-ended presence in Syria.

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