The counter-Islamic State campaign continues, our efforts to counter Iranian aggression continues, and our commitment to Middle East stability and the protection of Israel continues in the same way it did before that decision was made.
Arab states, including some that once backed rebels against President Bashar al-Assad, are seeking to reconcile with him after decisive gains by his forces in the war, aiming to expand their clout in Syria at the expense of non-Arab Turkey and Iran. Shanahan, who spoke before Trump's comments on the military, limited his remarks to the Pentagon's cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security on border issues.
"... I campaigned on getting out of Syria and other places".
Lindsey Graham, a close ally of the President, told reporters at the White House that Trump will reevaluate the withdrawal plan for Syria, although the SC senator told CNN later Sunday that the President had not reversed his Syria orders.
While White House officials have denied reports that Trump also has ordered half of the 14,000 USA troops in Afghanistan to come home, Trump made it clear he has run out of patience for what's become the longest United States war.
"I never said we are getting out overnight", Trump said. Theoretically, such oil could be shipped across Turkey to Iran, but Ankara "would never allow it", he said.
However, Mr Trump said he did want to "protect" US-backed Kurdish fighters in the country as Washington draws down its 2,000 troops, which would happen "over a period of time".
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South Korean President Moon Jae In and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un raise their hands after signing a joint statement in 2018. For Kim, working with South Korea has been a lot more productive than working with the US.
He said: "I shouldn't be popular in Europe".
Critics not only warn of a resurgence of IS, but worry that the American exit is a betrayal of US -backed Kurdish forces in Syria and leaves them vulnerable to an attack from Turkish forces.
Trump did not specify which generals he was referring to but his outgoing defense secretary, Marine Corps General James Mattis, resigned following the withdrawal announcement, issuing a barbed resignation letter in the process.
However the Turkmen have expressed their desire to be set free from the dictatorship of the pro-US Kurds, not by Syria but by Turkey.
"We're slowly sending our troops back home to be with their families, while at the same time fighting ISIS remnants", Trump wrote.
Those concerns are shared at the top of Trump's own Republican party. That changed, however, after US President Donald Trump announced last month that US forces will be leaving Syria. It has been freed by pro-US Kurds supported by the International Coalition. He said they would discuss how to best confront security challenges facing allies & partners in the region, "including the next phase of the fight against ISIS".