Trump ally Graham will ask president to reconsider Syria withdrawal

The writer is a senior police manager  supervisor and has done his MPA from Columbia University New York

The writer is a senior police manager supervisor and has done his MPA from Columbia University New York

Senator Lindsey Graham, a close Trump ally but fierce critic of the announced withdrawal, said after having lunch with the president Sunday he thinks "we're slowing things down in a smart way".

"I don't want to be in Syria", Trump said on Wednesday, while adding that "I never said we're getting out tomorrow".

"We talked about Syria".

"We don't want to be taken advantage of any more by countries that use us", he said.

"After discussions with the President and (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph) Dunford, I never felt better about where we are headed".

Graham said Trump reassured him of the U.S. commitment to defeat Islamic State.

A senior Israeli official said Wednesday that "Israel received nearly everything it wanted" during the meeting.

United States troops have helped rid much of Syria's north-east of the jihadist group, but pockets of fighters remain.

A senior Republican senator said he would try to persuade Donald Trump at a White House lunch on Sunday to reconsider his order for a total U.S. military pullout from Syria.

The statement said F-16 fighter jets carried out the raid around al-Sousa village in eastern Syria, as "30 leaders from Daesh (Islamic State) gangs" met in the building.

"Slow this down. Make sure we get it right".

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South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, welcomed the letter, saying it marked a continued thawing in relations. Despite these setbacks, another summit between Mr Trump and Mr Kim could happen in 2019.

The President said in another tweet Monday morning, "If anybody but Donald Trump did what I did in Syria, which was an ISIS loaded mess when I became President, they would be a national hero".

Israel worries that Iran is constructing a "land bridge" connecting resources and military forces from Tehran all the way to the Mediterranean Sea through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, taking advantage of broken local governments and American retreats.

"Except the results are FAR BETTER than I ever said they were going to be!"

"He said "we're killing ISIS" for Assad and Iran" and that Iran "hates ISIS more than we do".

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.

Graham praised Trump, who visited United States troops in Iraq last week, for announcing that a U.S. force would remain there.

After first talking about firing Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis, Trump discussed both the timeline for troop withdrawal and the fate of Kurdish allies in the region once USA troops leave.

Critics of Trump's decision for the withdrawal not only warn of a resurgence of ISIL, but worry that the withdrawal is a betrayal of US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria and leaves them vulnerable to an attack from Turkish forces.

The senator's remarks after the White House meeting were considerably modulated from his tone earlier in the day, when he told ABC television's "This Week" that "if we leave (Syria) now, the Kurds will get slaughtered".

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

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