Trump softens Syria pullout schedule by giving the military four months

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Trump did not provide a timetable for the planned military exit from Syria, which he announced last month against the advice of top national security aides and without consulting lawmakers or US allies participating in anti-Islamic State operations.

President Donald Trump has agreed to give the military about four months to withdraw the 2,000 USA troops in Syria, administration officials said Monday, backtracking from his abrupt order two weeks ago that the military pull out within 30 days.

Trump's troop drawdowns triggered the resignation of his defense secretary, Jim Mattis, long one of the chaotic administration's steady hands.

"I said, 'You know, I never said that I'm going to rush out, '" the President told Fox News Channel in an interview that ran on Monday.

Trump abruptly announced in mid-December that he was withdrawing 2,000 US troops from Syria.

"We need to keep our troops there", Graham said.

'ISIS is mostly gone, we're slowly sending our troops back home to be with their families, while at the same time fighting ISIS remnants, ' he said.

Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, will be traveling to Israel and Turkey in early January to discuss what the White House says is the "deliberate and coordinated" withdrawal of USA forces from Syria.

In a long and news-making Q&A with reporters after his remarks at a Cabinet meeting at the White House, President Donald Trump addressed the issue of Syria extensively.

During his appearance on CNN's "State of the Union", Graham previewed his arguments to Trump for reconsidering the Syria pullout.

Netanyahu met with Pompeo in Brasilia on Tuesday to discuss developments in the Middle East, including security cooperation between the two countries regarding Syria and Iran. "To be able to leave Syria and make sure ISIS never comes back".

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Trump announced his Syria pullout by saying 'We've won against ISIS, ' even though thousands of the group's fighters are thought to remain in Syria after the collapse of their 'caliphate'.

The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on whether Trump is considering reversing the decision - announced by tweet earlier this month - to pull US troops from Syria.

Graham announced that Trump had agreed to put the 30-day evacuation plan in a "pause situation" to reevaluate his decision.

"We're in countries that most people have never even heard about", he said, referring to United States combat deployments, including in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

"The president is reconsidering how we would do this", Graham said.

"... I campaigned on getting out of Syria and other places".

Trump also added that it's "possibly true" that a "very small percentage" of ISIS may come to the United States if we stop fighting them on their turf.

Graham said later on Twitter that Trump would make sure that 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".

"It is Fake News and Pundits who have FAILED for years that are doing the complaining". The criticism from McChrystal, who commanded US -led troops in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010, echoed long-standing denunciations by former senior intelligence officials, who have warned that Trump's approach to national security is reckless.

National security adviser John Bolton is scheduled to travel to Israel and Turkey in January.