President Donald Trump said on Saturday that the U.S. war on ISIS is benefiting Russia, Iran and Syria while stressing that this military intervention should stop.
“We’re killing ISIS for Russia, for Iran, for Syria, for Iraq, for a lot of other places. At some point, you want to bring our people back home. I’ve been talking about this since the campaign,” Trump told reporters before flying to Dover Air Force Base.
Trump described the situation in Syria and Iraq before his presidency as a “total mess” before claiming the U.S. was able to eliminate 99% of the terrorist group’s forces in both countries.
“We have control of 99 percent and we’re hitting the rest of it very, very powerfully over the last three weeks,” said Trump.
Last month, the White House announced that all U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Syria with the end of the last battle against ISIS in the middle Euphrates River Valley. The surprise decision led to a backlash from the main stream media, prominent politicians and even senior officials in Trumps’ administration like former Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis, who resigned in protest.
According to the recent reports, Trump is still insisting that U.S. troops should leave Syria. However, the pressure forced him to accept a plan that may stretch the withdrawal over four months. Some experts believe that this period could be extended even further.