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Trump Explains His Decision To Withdraw From Syria

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent

President Donald Trump explained his Wednesday decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, in a series of tweets Thursday.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the decision in a Wednesday morning statement saying, “we have started returning United States troops home as we transition to the next phase of this campaign.”

“The United States and our allies stand ready to re-engage at all levels to defend American interests whenever necessary, and we will continue to work together to deny radical Islamist terrorists territory, funding, support, and any means of infiltrating our borders,” she added. (RELATED: Trump: ‘Mission Accomplished’ In Syria Strikes) 

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) carries his weapon in the village of Susah in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, near the Syrian border with Iraq on September 13, 2018. - US-backed fighters are fighting in Deir Ezzor to oust Islamic State jihadists from the town of Hajin on the east bank of the Euphrates, the most significant remnant of the sprawling "caliphate" the jihadists once controlled spanning Syria and Iraq. DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) carries his weapon in the village of Susah in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, near the Syrian border with Iraq on September 13, 2018. – US-backed fighters are fighting in Deir Ezzor to oust Islamic State jihadists from the town of Hajin on the east bank of the Euphrates, the most significant remnant of the sprawling “caliphate” the jihadists once controlled spanning Syria and Iraq. (DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump tweeted Wednesday evening a video justifying his withdrawal saying, “we have won against ISIS … we have beaten them and we’ve beaten them badly and now its time for our troops to come back home,” adding, “our boys, our young women, our men … they’re all coming back … and they’re all coming back now.”

Trump’s tweets seem to indicate that he wants Russia, Iran, and the Syrian regime to take the helm of the anti-ISIS effort in Syria.

Trump has long wanted to withdraw troops from Syria, saying in April, “I want to get out” at a press conference, adding “I want to bring our troops back home.” The president reluctantly agreed to pleas from Secretary of Defense James Mattis to continue the mission after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons once again against his own populace.