U.S. President Donald Trump will not change his mind on withdrawing American troops from Syria, his acting chief of staff said Sunday.

“I think the president has told people from the very beginning that he doesn’t want us to stay in Syria forever,” Mick Mulvaney told ABC’s “This Week” Sunday morning.

“You’re seeing the end result now of two years of work.”

When questioned about resignations of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the special U.S. envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State Brett McGurk, Mulvaney said that it is “not unusual” for cabinet members to resign “over these types of disagreements.”

McGurk’s and Mattis’ resignations came after Trump declared last week that Islamic State had been defeated and that the 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria would return home.

Today, President Trump laments media focus on pullouts from “Never Ending War” in Syria and Afghanistan.

“We signed two pieces of major legislation this week, Criminal Justice Reform and the Farm Bill. These are two Big Deals,” Trump said. “But all the Fake News Media wants to talk about is ‘the mistake’ of bringing our young people back home from the Never Ending Wars. It all began 19 years ago!”.

FILE – Members of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) ride near near the main traffic circle in Raqqa, Syria, Oct. 20, 2017.

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations, said Sunday that he was “devastated” by the decision, calling the United States “unreliable”.

But then, Trump responded: “Bob Corker was responsible for giving us the horrible Iran Nuclear Deal, which I ended, yet he badmouths me for wanting to bring our young people safely back home. Bob wanted to run and asked for my endorsement. I said NO and the game was over”.

Late Saturday, one of Trump’s many tweets on the issue stated that he was bringing home the troops “happy and healthy” after “decimating ISIS in Syria.”


Source: VOA news

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