On March 29, US President Donald Trump announced during a speech in the state of Ohio that the US will withdraw its troops from Syria “very soon” and let “other people” handle the situation in the war-torn country.
“We’re knocking the hell out of ISIS. We’ll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon. Let the other people take care of it now. Very soon, very soon, we’re coming out. We’re going to have 100 percent of the caliphate, as they call it–sometimes referred to as land. We’re taking it all back–quickly, quickly,” Trump said before a crowd of union builders in Richfield, Ohio, according to the Russian news outlet Sputnik.
When asked about Trump’s announcement, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that the department has no information on a US withdrawal from Syria.
Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova revealed that the US is actually increasing its military presence in its base in the al-Tanaf area near the Syrian-Iraqi border.
“We are still concerned about reports that the United States and its allies are consolidating their illegal military presence in the territory of sovereign Syria. In particular, heavy military equipment is arriving to the zone established by the United States around the settlements of al-Tanf in the southeast of the country,” Zakharova said at a press briefing according to Sputnik.
Zakharova’s statement and the comment by the US State Department led many experts into believing that Trump’s announcement is just a PR statement that has little common with the reality.