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 over very serious things like this. 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 are going to happen, well, not.
But Trump's proclamation was remarkable for another reason: He telegraphed military strategy.
That's what Trump has repeatedly said on the 201
"Unlike Hillary Clinton, who has risked so many lives with her careless handling of confidential information, my government will not provide the enemy with accurate military plans," Trump said in his big speech on the fight against terrorism in August 2016 "I have 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 recklessly announce each of their movements, as in Iraq. so that the enemy can prepare and adapt. "
He repeated this in an interview with" Fox and Friends "in April 2017 while talking about the situation in North Korea.
"I don & # 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. Speaking about North Korea at a press conference in February 2017, Trump said he would take a different approach.
"I do not talk about military, and I do not talk about certain other things – you'll do it. 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 the Iraq war and Afghanistan to be left repeatedly on the election campaign. But now that he's president, he's actually able to make such payoffs pretty quickly. The 2016 Trump would probably argue that the announcement that you are leaving Syria before you actually do it could signal the Islamic State that it can only wait for its time to leave the United States and then only have "other people" comes with
It was a completely strange statement by Trump.