Mar 29 2018

Trump vows to pull out of Syria, Pentagon and Foggy Bottom appear clueless

U.S. President Donald Trump stated that the U.S. is "coming out" of Syria “very soon” on Thursday, saying that it’s time to “let other people take care” of the situation there.

Trump also added: “We’re going to have 100 percent of the caliphate … we’re taking it all back.”

Pentagon spokesperson Major Adrian Galloway-Rankine, when asked about what does President Trump's sentence mean and what would be timetable for the U.S. withdrawal out of Syria, said, "I would refer you to the White House for additional clarifying information on the President's comments."

State Dept spox Heather Nauert said during the briefing on Thursday, shortly after Trump's statements, that she's not aware of any policy determination to pull US out of Syria, and declined to comment further because she said she hadn't heard Trump's remarks. 

While the U.S. President promised to his supporters that he will end the U.S. presence in Syria very soon, French President Macron announced that he will deploy French forces into Manbij area. 

On Wednesday, the White House readout of the phone call with French Pres Macron, U.S. Pres Trump stated that the during the call, Trump "stressed the need to intensify cooperation with Turkey with respect to shared strategic challenges in Syria."

According to Reuters report, "France has offered to mediate between Turkey and the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces, and assured the SDF of Paris' support in stabilising northern Syria, President Emmanuel Macron's office said on Thursday."


Speaking after Macron met a delegation from northern Syria that included the Kurdish YPG militia, Khaled Eissa, a Kurdish official based in Paris, said Macron had promised to send French troops to Manbij to support the fight against Islamic State and dissuade Turkey from advancing on the town.

According to French daily Le Parisien and other French-based media outlets reported on Thursday that "French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to send troops to Syria's Manjib in a bid to assist local Kurdish militias in preventing Turkish forces from advancing on the town."