Trump gives rambling defense of withdrawal from Syria , Facing almost unprecedented criticism from members of his own party, That, of course, is why the U.S.
Including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, over pulling U.S. troops from Syria, It just doesn’t work that way. Hopefully, it will all be very strong and strongly done. Since the reconquest of the ISIS “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq,
America has kept a small force in northern Syria, protecting its Kurdish allies, who did much of the fighting against ISIS. The Kurdish presence is an irritant to neighboring Turkey, which regards them as potential insurgents.
The Kurds have long sought an independent state that would span parts of Iraq and Turkey. Trump reportedly settled on the move in a late-Sunday phone call with Turkish President Recep Erdogan,
And by Monday morning there were reports that American soldiers were leaving their positions in Syria,while Turkey was launching a long-planned incursion into Syria to clear out Kurdish fighters, which analysts said could further destabilize the region.
Trump told reporters there were only “50 soldiers in the area you’re talking about.” There are reportedly about 1,000 U.S. troops in various parts of Syria altogether.
Trump campaigned in part on a pledge to reduce American military commitments abroad, but his critics questioned why the effort had to begin with a token contingent that, by Trump’s own description, wasn’t actually engaged in combat.
We have tremendous amounts of weapons under development now. We have weapons that no one can even believe, we’re going to be making some stops over the next four or five weeks, some we show, some we don’t show. But we’ve rebuilt our nuclear, we’ve renovated and rebuilt nuclear.