President Trump announced a surprise announcement during an infrastructure speech Thursday in Ohio and said the US would soon withdraw from Syria. "By the way, we'll beat hell out of IS," Trump said. "We'll be out of Syria very soon, let the other people take care of it now, very soon – we'll be out pretty soon."
We can say a few things about that. The first is that you should not bring it to the bank. Trump tends to spit on very serious matters. At the same event, for example, he suggested that he postpone his recent South Korean trade treaty to have influence over North Korea. He also says regularly that things will happen, well, not.
But Trump's proclamation was remarkable for another reason as well: He telegraphed the military strategy.
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"One of the things that I think you've noticed is that, militarily, I do not like to say where I'm going and what I'm doing," Trump said in April 2017 in comments on Syria. "I'm not saying that I do anything in one way or another."
He later repeated this in an interview with "Fox and Friends" while talking about the situation in North Korea.
"I don & # 39; & # 39;; I want to telegraph what I do or what I think," he said. "I'm not like other administrations where they say we're going to do that in four weeks, that's not how it works."
Trump has been talking regularly about how the Obama administration has foreseen an attack on Mosul in Iraq for so long has that the Islamic State has intensified for the coming attack.
"I've often said that General MacArthur and General Patton are in a state of shock if they were living today to see President Obama and Hillary Clinton try to ruthlessly announce their every move – as in Iraq – So that the enemy can prepare and adapt, "said Trump in his big speech on the fight against terrorism in August 2016.
While Trump spoke about it and North Korea at a press conference in February 2017, he said he will pursue a different approach.
"I'm not talking about the military, and I'm not talking about certain other things – you'll be surprised to hear that," he said. "And by the way, all my campaign, I would say that, so I do not have to tell you, I do not want to be one of those guys who say, 'Yeah, here's what we're going to do.'" I do not have to do that "I do not have to tell you what I'm going to do in North Korea."
Trump seems less concerned about telegraphing troop withdrawals and calls for repeated visits from Iraq and Afghanistan to the election campaign. But now that he is president, he is able to make such payoffs fairly quickly. The 2016 Trump would probably argue that the announcement that you would get out of Syria before you do so could signal the Islamic State that he can simply wait until he leaves the United States and then have only "other people" left becomes
It was a completely strange statement by Trump.