The official, speaking on condition of anonymity to reporters in Rio de Janeiro as Netanyahu continues his state visit to Brazil, said the premier made the request during a recent phone call with Trump, after the U.S. leader announced plans to remove troops from the war-torn Arab country. "The president will make sure any withdrawal from Syria will be done in a fashion to ensure 1) ISIS is permanently destroyed, 2) Iran doesn't fill in the back end, and 3) our Kurdish allies are protected", Graham tweeted.
President Donald Trump on Monday attacked former military leaders who have criticized his assorted foreign policy moves as "failed generals".
In Syria, about 2,000 USA soldiers operate alongside other foreign troops to assist local fighters battling Islamic State, a jihadist group that once held territory across much of Iraq and Syria and set up its own ultra-Islamist government.
Trump also responded to questions about the USA decision to withdraw from northern Syria.
While White House officials have denied reports that Trump also has ordered half of the 14,000 USA troops in Afghanistan to come home, Trump made it clear he has run out of patience for what's become the longest United States war. Theoretically, such oil could be shipped across Turkey to Iran, but Ankara "would never allow it", he said.
The president's decision to withdraw USA forces, announced on December 19, surprised top administration officials and allies whose troops are fighting alongside U.S. in a coalition to defeat the Islamic State terrorist group. "ISIS is mostly gone, we're slowly sending our troops back home to be with their families", Trump wrote, in part.
Those concerns are shared at the top of Trump's own Republican party.
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Department of State confirmed that Moscow notified them of the alleged arrest, but did not confirm the arrest or the man's name. Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested in Canada this month as part of a US extradition effort.
The immediate reason for Mattis's resignation was Trump's announcement that he's ordering U.S. troops out of Syria.
"The results are FAR BETTER than I ever said they were going to be!"
However, he did not provide a timetable for the planned military exit from Syria, which he announced last month following a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who was about to give a green light to a military operation to the terrorist in Syria. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina.
U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to change course on Syria on Wednesday, by saying that he would not intervene in any Iranian activity in the country once American troops have left. "I'm not happy about it at all", he said.
The source added that Netanyahu came out of the meeting with Pompeo feeling that Israel has the ability to influence certain aspects of USA policy, and the two countries are now working on plans to make the American troop pull-out as non-disruptive for Israeli security as possible.
"When we kill ISIS, if we don't - oh then everyone says then they'll come to our country, well that's possibly true of a very small percentage but you know where else they're going?"