Donald Trump: 'We're Coming Out Of Syria, Others Can take Care of It Now'
President announces the withdrawal from Middle East
President Donald Trump a 'surprise' announcement on Thursday afternoon during a speech in Richfield, Ohio, as part of his infrastructure week stating that "US forces will be withdrawing from Syria."
Trump went on to cite the recent defeat of ISIS and the focus on defending US borders as part of "rebuilding" the crumbling infrastructure.
"We're coming out of Syria very soon. Let the other people take care of it now."
Trump also said that the US spent $7 trillion in the Middle East, describing how they would build schools on for them to be destroyed by insurgents, ultimately leaving little funding for US schools.
"We build a school, they blow it up. We rebuild the school, they haven’t blown it up yet, but they will."
The President then went on to state:
"We'll be coming out of Syria very soon. Let the other people take care of it now...We're going to have 100% of the caliphate, as they call it —sometimes referred to as a land. We're taking it all back."
Trump also pointed out that the “wall” and the 32,000 US troops guarding borders between South and North Korea, while the US border with Mexico isn't protected.
“Is there something a little bit wrong with that?” Trump asked.
Pres. Trump: "We'll be coming out of Syria very soon. Let the other people take care of it now...We're going to have 100% of the caliphate, as they call it —sometimes referred to as land. We're taking it all back." pic.twitter.com/N9cPYkS6pk— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) March 29, 2018
Trump recently requested Saudi King Salman for $4 Billion in order to spend on increasing Washington’s objectives in Syria, one of which Riyadh also shares
According to ZeroHedge: Trump’s remarks about Syria are in line with what he said last month, at a press conference in Washington with Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull.
“We're there for one reason: to get ISIS and get rid of ISIS, and to go home,” the US president had said. “We’re not there for any other reason and we’ve largely accomplished our goal.”
However, this goes against the previous pronouncements of his subordinates at the State Department and the military.
In January, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson outlined a plan that proposed extended US presence in Syria to ensure a peaceful transfer of power to a “post-Assad leadership.” Previously, last December the Pentagon said US troops would remain in Syria for “as long as we need to, to support our partners and prevent the return of terrorist groups.”