closevideo what is the message of the President for the Middle East, after he announces that he is pulling U.S. troops out of Syria?
John Bolton, the national security adviser for President Trump, said on Sunday that U.S. troops will remain in Syria until key benchmarks are met, which could mean that the troops could stay in the country for years, a report says.
The New York Times reported that, the adviser said that ISIS must be defeated completely and the Turkey must promise that it will not target Kurdish troops in the country.
The paper reported that Bolton and other officials have worked in the White house, “behind the scenes” to the President, to draw in the last month 2,000 troops after declaring victory over ISIS.
Trump declared victory over ISIS in a tweet. His decision forces, met with some resistance, and took many off guard. Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S. C., said at the time that he was “blindsided”, but then said he felt “pretty good” on Syria after a dinner with trump.
Graham said an early US withdrawal would be Kurdish fighters, expose, and lead to their slaughter.
Trump is not stressed that he will give, a timeline, as he would the troops pull out in its December announcement.
Bolton, was said in Israel that he expects American troops to leave eventually, but the “the roadmap flows from the policy decisions that we have to use.”