Trump softens Syria pullout schedule but claims 'hero' status

Top Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway seemed to hint that the US president might be planning to tweak his blueprint for a troop withdrawal from Syria

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"We still have some differences but I will tell you that the president is thinking long and hard about Syria - how to withdraw our forces but at the same time achieve our national security interests", Graham said.

"I never said I'm getting out tomorrow".

"We don't want to be taken advantage of any more by countries that use us", he said. Sean Robertson, said Monday, "I'll let the president's words speak for themselves".

When Trump first ordered a drawdown within 30 days, his position provoked an outcry, including from some of his political allies like Graham, who said that such a hasty withdrawal would leave exposed US partners such as the Kurds, who are concerned about a possible attack from Turkey. "That's a nightmare for Israel", Graham said.

Iraqi warplanes hit a meeting of leaders of the militant Islamic State group near Deir al-Zor in Syria on Monday, destroying the building they were gathered in, the military said in a statement, without giving further details about the militants targeted. "I share his goal to withdraw our forces from Syria; I just want to do it in a smart way, make sure Iran is not the big victor", Graham told reporters outside the White House.

WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump acknowledged on Wednesday that Iranian forces have been emboldened in Syria amid widespread concern over his decision to hastily withdraw US troops from the battlefield there. He said it rather dismissively, as if that percent should be seen as insignificant, despite the fact that as recently as a few weeks ago Trump used the possibility of ISIS coming to the United States as a primary rationale for building the wall.

Lindsey Graham, a close ally of the President, told reporters at the White House that Trump will reevaluate the withdrawal plan for Syria, although the SC senator told CNN later Sunday that the President had not reversed his Syria orders.

"I want to fight the war in the enemy's backyard, not ours", Graham said in an interview on CNN's Sunday morning State of the Union show.

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Trump did not specify which generals he was referring to but his outgoing defense secretary, Marine Corps General James Mattis, resigned following the withdrawal announcement, issuing a barbed resignation letter in the process.

Last week, the Syrian army deployed forces near Manbij in northern Syria after the YPG urged Damascus to protect the town from the threat of a Turkish offensive.

"He has not reversed his decision", Graham said.

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

'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.

The United States has about 2,000 troops - majority special forces - deployed in northern Syria to fight IS and reinforce anti-jihadist forces.

According to the report Trump told the commander of American forces in Iraq and Syria, Lt. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera, that the military could have several months to complete a safe and orderly withdrawal, according to two United States officials.

That proposal would likely anger Turkey, where Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, holds talks this week.

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