U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered a slowdown to the withdrawal of U.S. forces in Syria, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham stated Sunday.
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“I believe we’re in a pause scenario,” the South Carolina Republican stated exterior the White Home after lunch with the president.
Trump introduced earlier this month that he was ordering the withdrawal of all roughly 2,000 troops from war-torn Syria, with aides anticipating it to happen swiftly. The president had declared victory over the Islamic State group in Syria, although pockets of preventing stay.
Graham had been an outspoken critic of Trump’s coverage, which had drawn bipartisan criticism. The announcement additionally had shocked lawmakers and American allies, together with Kurds who’ve fought alongside the U.S. in opposition to the Islamic State group and face an anticipated assault by Turkey.
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“I believe we’re slowing issues down in a sensible approach,” Graham stated, including that Trump was very conscious of the plight of the Kurds.
Critics had contended that the U.S. withdrawal would embolden Iran and Russia, which have supported the federal government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Nationwide safety adviser John Bolton was anticipated to journey to Israel and Turkey subsequent weekend to debate the president’s plans with the American allies.