Trump: Syria Is “Sand And Death”, US Exit Will Be “Over A Period Of Time”

Thursday, January 3, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Wed, 01/02/2019

After early this week Trump’s promised “full” and “immediate” US troop withdrawal from Syria was put on shaky ground following a prior meeting with hawk Sen. Lindsey Graham, and following immense push back from the career Washington deep state, the president is showing signs that he could be changing his tune.

President Trump said on Wednesday the US will get out of Syria “over a period of time” and in such a way that will protect America’s Kurdish partners on the ground, at a moment pro-Turkish forces backed by Turkey’s army are set to invade and annex Kurdish enclaves in the north of the country.

During a Wednesday Cabinet meeting in front of reporters – the first of the new year – Trump did not provide a timetable for a planned military exit while strongly emphasizing he would “not forget” the extraordinary sacrifices the Kurds made in the fight against ISIS.

The president said:

We have to help them, I want to help them…

They fought with us, they died with us… thousands of Kurds died fighing ISIS. they died for us and with us, and for themselves… I don’t forget.

He did, however, deny widespread reports that he had discussed setting a four month timetable for the withdrawal of 2000+ American troops. Previous language of a “hasty” pullout decision reportedly in part prompted Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to resign.

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