WASHINGTON – President Trump has agreed to give the military about four months to withdraw the 2,000 US troops in Syria, the government official said Monday, and returned from his abrupt order two weeks ago that the Military retreat within 30 days. 19659002] Mr. Trump affirmed on Twitter that the troops would be "slowly" withdrawn, but complained that after a critical round of retired General Stanley A. McChrystal and disclosures by the outgoing White House, he received little recognition for The move was headed by Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, himself a retired naval general, on President's impulsive decision-making.
For a president who sought military confirmation during his election campaign and military presidency and boasted of having his cabinet filled with "my generals". His decision on December 19 to withdraw quickly from Syria was a significant break from his military and civilian advisers. The criticism of General McChrystal, who commanded US-led US troops in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010, expressed long-standing denunciations of former high-ranking intelligence officials who had warned that Trump's attitude to national security was reckless.
Following a surprise trip to Iraq last week, Mr. Trump privately told US Army Commander in Iraq and Syria, Lieutenant General Paul J. LaCamera, that the military had several months to secure and orderly withdrawal to carry out, so two officials of the United States. And on Sunday, Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, told reporters that there was a "break" in the withdrawal of troops.
A Pentagon spokesman, Cmdr. Sean Robertson said on Monday: "I let the words of the President speak for themselves."
Extending the disengagement plan to several months, Mr. Trump stuck to his commitment to separate the United States from its years of military commitments. Also note the warnings of current and former military leaders about the danger of a quick exit. Defense Minister Jim Mattis, who resigned in protest at Mr Trump's decision, said that leaving Syria in 30 days would jeopardize the fight against the Islamic State, betray its Syrian-Kurdish-Arab allies locally, and cede the eastern part of the country would the Syrian government and its Russian and Iranian allies.
However, Mr Trump's latest plan left open the question of whether or not there would be a regular withdrawal from Syria. Military planners claim that they need about 120 days or four months to retreat, leaving time to decide what equipment is moving in the area, leaving behind or obstructing allies, to prevent them from entering the Syrian government the hands are falling or Russia or Iran.
Military employees refused to set the date of departure, partly for reasons of operational safety and partly because many details are still quite fluid, and officials acknowledge that Mr. Trump could change his mind at any moment to speed up the departure ,
Mr. Mattis, who will succeed his deputy on Tuesday, Patrick M. Shanahan, urged the Pentagon staff on Monday in a farewell message "not to distract from our sworn mission to support and defend the Constitution." 19659002] When Mr. Trump ordered a withdrawal for the first time in 30 days, his position provoked an outcry, even from some of his political allies, such as Mr. Graham, who said that such a premature withdrawal would leave American partners like the Kurds concerned about a possible attack from Turkey. But after lunching with Mr. Trump at the White House on Sunday, Graham said he felt "much better" regarding the President's plans.
Military officials have attempted to translate Mr. Trump's displacement policies and comments into actual commands to commanders in Syria and Iraq.
On Friday, General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with John R. Bolton, Trump's national security adviser, in the White House for more clarity on the timing and other details of the resignation receive. In the coming days, Bolton will visit Turkey and Israel to discuss regional security issues.
General Dunford then spoke with Senator Graham about the withdrawal of Syrian troops before the Senate meeting with Trump. Several Pentagon officials had hoped Mr. Graham could change Mr. Trump's opinion on the retreat, or at least persuade him to extend the retreat schedule.
Col. Patrick Ryder, a spokesman for General Dunford, said in an e-mail that the General and the Senator had recently spoken, but declined to comment on their confidential conversation, and sent questions about Syria to the White House.
With most of his top advisers on vacation or after leaving the White House for good, Mr. Trump spent the weekend talking with allies and following up the coverage of the government's partial suppression .
He intently monitors news broadcasts on Sunday morning, in which General McChrystal warned against leaving Syria, would effectively abandon any American influence on the war.
"If you pull out American influence, you're probably more instable, and of course that's a lot more difficult for the United States. Try to push events in every direction," General McChrystal said, admitting that there was no "big one." Surprise "was that Mr. Trump had tried.
He was one of the most vocal members of the retired Milita Their leaders, who have increasingly criticized Mr. Trump, gave a tweet on Monday morning about the" failed generals, "the American Engagements in the Middle East overseen as they continued and expanded.
"I've been working to leave Syria elsewhere" he wrote . "Now, when I start getting the Fake News Media out or some failed generals who were not able to get the job done before I arrive, complain about m me and my tactics that work. I just do what I said, I would do it!
The president's full-bodied defense deposed him from previous presidents, said Prof. Peter Feaver, a national security official under former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, who now teaches political science at Duke University.
"Every president is frustrated with the military retired, who valued his homework on the sidelines. Think of every Fox News expert in the Obama years and the so-called rebellion of retired generals over Rumsfeld in 2006, "said Feaver.
" What's different is that this president has so much of his rumbling and his behavior makes public public comment on Twitter, and while Obama probably agreed with his aides and President Bush did, they did not make it visible to everyone so everyone could see and hear him, "he added. Mr. Trump's helpers are well aware that he needs to maintain the support of ordinary members of the military, and they have sometimes pointed out the support he has received from soldiers, as he demonstrated in Iraq the day after Christmas Visited or Fort visited Drum in the State of New York a few months ago.
In his farewell message with three paragraphs, Lord quoted Mattis, as before, the telegram from President Abraham Lincoln to General Ulysses S. Grant on February 1, 1865, as The Civil War ended: "Nothing may change, hinder or delay your military movements or plans."
Although it was difficult to avoid the possibility that Mr. Mattis made a last veiled criticism of the commander in chief, colleagues who know the secretary well, said his message was more focused on telling Pentagon and military personnel that they should keep the course even with the challenges.