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'Exacerbated,' 'Frustrated' Trump Agrees to Keep Troops in Syria...

•, Chris Menahan

Despite President Trump saying last week he expects to pull all US troops out of Syria "very soon," Pentagon officials reportedly pressured him into keeping our troops in place with no time table for withdrawal.

From NBC News:

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump reluctantly agreed in a meeting with his national security team Tuesday to keep U.S. troops in Syria for an undetermined period of time to defeat ISIS, but pressured them to end U.S. involvement in the conflict as soon as possible, a senior administration official said Wednesday.

The official described Trump as frustrated and exasperated with the situation and the answers he was getting from his team.

"He wasn't thrilled about it, to say the least," the official said.

Defense Secretary James Mattis and other top officials made the case to Trump that the fight against ISIS was almost finished but a complete withdrawal of U.S. forces at this time would risk losing gains the U.S. has made in the fight, the official said.

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