Trump adviser: US to leave Syria once IS beaten, Kurds safe

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  • David Centerville, UT
    Jan. 7, 2019 9:57 p.m.

    Remember that Trump announced the troop pull out from Syria after speaking with the Turkish President. A US pullout would benefit Turkey, Russia, Iran and Syria. Trump likely agreed to a Troop pullout as requested by Turkey's president, despite objections from all of the US military advisers.

    After Trump announced the pullout there was a tremendous backlash from virtually everyone in the US--Congress, the president's cabinet, military leaders, etc. Trump has been trying to find a way to safe face ever since. Last week the White House announced the pullout would occur over a 4 month period instead of the immediate pullout first announced. Now it appears the pullout timing is undetermined--once ISIS is defeated and the Kurds are safe.

    What can we draw from all of this? First, Trump is not smart. He makes rash decisions without thinking through ramifications. Next, Trump thinks he is smart, smarter than anyone else, so he doesn't listen to advisers. Also, we see that Trump is easily influenced by foreign leaders, more so than his own advisers. There may be other conclusions we can draw, but a final one could be that Trump is a poor president.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 7, 2019 1:59 p.m.

    As of today Trump says immediate pull out is still on. Now his minions will explain he really does not mean it. Another day at the circus.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    Jan. 7, 2019 5:43 a.m.

    My head is spinning yet again.

    How many times will Americans receive contradictory messages from this Administration. This continued chaotic pronouncements only make America look like a ship of fools.

  • JaneB Wilsonville, OR
    Jan. 6, 2019 10:53 p.m.

    Can't really take anything Bolton (or anyone else in the administration) says at face value. Trump undercuts his own people almost on a daily basis.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 6, 2019 12:53 p.m.

    I don't get it. Trump told the world that he defeated ISIS. And the troops are coming home immediately. Now, his own, National Security Adviser, says ISIS is still strong and we're not leaving. Who are we supposed to believe? Our President, or the N.S. adviser and other global experts? It's almost like Trump is making it up as he goes.