Trump: sending U.S. troops from Syria exit to take time
U.S. President Donald Trump said the United States would get out of Syria slowly "over a period of time."
During a Cabinet meeting at the White House in front of reporters, Trump said he had never set a reported four-month timetable for the withdrawal of 2,000 American troops stationed in Syria amid a battle against ISIS militants.
"We’re getting out and we’re getting out smart. I never said I’m getting out tomorrow," Reuters cited the U.S. president as saying. He declined to be specific about how long troops would remain in Syria.
In recent days, Trump appeared to back off from any hasty pullout and stressed that the operation would be slow. "We’re slowly sending our troops back home to be with their families, while at the same time fighting Isis [Islamic State] remnants," he wrote on Twitter on Monday.