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US leaving Syria 'very soon', Trump says

March 30, 2018 at 1:15 pm

US President Donald Trump [Gage Skidmore/Flickr]

The US will be leaving Syria “very soon”, President Donald Trump said yesterday as reported on Anadolu Agency 

“We’ll be coming out of Syria like very soon. Let the other people take care of it now,” he told supporters during a speech in Ohio about his infrastructure proposal.

“We’re going to have 100 percent of the caliphate, as they call it – sometimes referred to as land. We’re taking it all back quickly.”

Trump continued to slam US spending in the Middle East, calling it futile, and argued that it detracts from domestic spending.

“We spent seven trillion dollars in the Middle East, and you know what we have for it? Nothing,” he said.

Read: Syrians with temporary US protection brace for Trump decision

Shortly after Trump made the comments, the State Department said it was unaware of any policy change to pull the US out of Syria.

There are about 2,000 US troops in Syria as part of the US-led anti-Daesh coalition campaign.

Prior to being ousted from office by Trump, outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US would “maintain a military presence in Syria focused on ensuring ISIS [Daesh] cannot re-emerge”.