After Trump declared victory over the Islamic State inside Syria in the morning tweet, his top spokeswoman said the broader USA and coalition fight against the violent extremist group is not over.
Syrian Democratic Forces and USA troops are seen during a patrol near Hasakah, Syria, Nov. 4, 2018. A rapid American withdrawal could allow the militants to regain strength.
The decision is bad news for the Kurds.. James Jeffrey, a retired senior Foreign Service officer who was named Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's "representative for Syria engagement", told the Post that "we are not in a hurry".
Trump shifted course sharply again in March this year when, in an aside during a speech that took United States generals by surprise, he declared, "We'll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon".
Still, President Donald Trump has previously expressed a strong desire to bring troops home from Syria when possible.
American troops look toward the border with Turkey from a small outpost near the town of Manbij, northern Syria, in February.
The Republican senator said, "President @realDonaldTrump is right to want to contain Iranian explain". "Yet, the United States has no diplomatic presence in Syria".
But the SDF is strongly opposed by Turkey, which sees any powerful Kurdish militia as a potential threat and further inspiration for Kurdish separatists inside Turkey. Russia's position has always been that U.S. forces should not be in Syria.
"I would not call this withdrawal, I would call this a surrender", Vinograd said.
Yet Secretary Mattis dismissed the idea shortly thereafter, reiterating his stance that US troops were in Syria with the sole mission to take out ISIS.
U.S. mulling complete withdrawal of troops from Syria: sources
Asked about criticism from GOP Sen.
"ISIS has lost all territory it held in Iraq and remained in control of only one percent of territory it once held in Syria".
Trump has argued for the withdrawal since he was a presidential candidate.
In comments to NBC News, Rubio ticked off three reasons why the withdrawal would be a "colossal mistake". "This statement is positive but from a practical point of view, it's just a mere statement". "And I believe the decision that was made today was a grave error that is going to have incredible consequences that potentially have not been fully thought through". In a Twitter message, Sen.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., issued a statement likening the pending removal of the 2,000 USA troops stationed in Syria to President Barack Obama's 2011 withdrawal from Iraq and the subsequent rise of the Islamic State, calling it "a huge Obama-like mistake".
Vinograd, who worked on the National Security Council as the Director for Iraq, shared her experiences in troop reviews in that war torn country.
"There's clandestine [ISIS] cells [in Syria]".
Trump starts the video filmed at the South Lawn of the White House by saying in the past two years since he has been president, we have really "stepped things up" and "we have won against ISIS".
Any other policy, he said, would be "reckless".