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"The president's thought continued into a second tweet which read, "... "I share his goal to withdraw our forces from Syria; I just want to do it in a smart way, make sure Iran is not the big victor", Graham told reporters outside the White House. On Saturday, the Kremlin confirmed that Damascus had indeed regained control over the territory.

"I never said we are getting out overnight", Trump said. We will work closely together to make sure we get this right. "But the goal has always been the same".

The senator appeared much more upbeat after the lunch than before. In June 2018, the United States entrusted the management of the city to the "Military Council of Manbij" and organized common patrols there with Turkey.

Iraqi warplanes hit a meeting of leaders of the militant Islamic State group near Deir al-Zor in Syria on Monday, destroying the building they were gathered in, the military said in a statement, without giving further details about the militants targeted. But "other people do", and he concluded: "We want to protect the Kurds". "That takes pressure off ISIS".

Graham told CNN later in the day that he didn't mean to suggest Trump is going back on his withdrawal decision. "The pause is to assess the effects of the conditions on the ground".

Pompeo assured Netanyahu that President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw all 2,000 American troops from the country in no way changes Washington's commitment to the security of the Jewish State.

On when United States forces would leave Syria, Trump said: "I don't want to be in Syria forever", adding that "Iran can do what they want in Syria, frankly".

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On Monday, the Republican president said the United States was "slowly sending" troops home - a markedly different tone than he used in his initial announcement of a withdrawal on December 19.

However, he did not provide a timetable for the planned military exit from Syria, which he announced last month following a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who was about to give a green light to a military operation to the terrorist in Syria. He reiterated that he has fought against the "never-ending wars". Now when I start getting out the Fake News Media, or some failed Generals who were unable to do the job before I arrived, like to complain about me & my tactics, which are working.

He said: "I shouldn't be popular in Europe".

Those concerns are shared at the top of Trump's own Republican party.

National security adviser John Bolton is scheduled to travel to Israel and Turkey in January.

It is unclear whether the proof of a Kurdish pullout will deter Turkey from launching another military operation in Syria, but the government in Damascus has repeatedly said it views Turkish troops as invaders and will fight them if necessary.