President Donald Trump’s Syrian policy has been a stark departure from that of his predecessor. He stopped former President Barack Hussein Obama’s arming of terror groups in the region, which brought a near-immediate end to ISIS and stabilized the regime of Syrian President Bashir al-Assad.
Now Trump has announced that because of this recent progress, the troops will be returning home from Syria to celebrate a job well done in the near future.
“We’re knocking the hell out of ISIS. We’ll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon,” Trump said during a rally in Ohio. “Let the other people take care of it now.”
Right now, there are approximately 2,000 troops in Syria according to Pentagon estimates. With ISIS now 98 percent decimated due in large part to Trump’s policy shift, the troops remain in the region working with Kurdish and Arab militias to clean up what is left of ISIS. Trump said that the role for American troops in Syria will soon come to an end.
“We got to get back to our country where we belong, where we want to be,” Trump said, according to a Politico report.
Previously, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had claimed that regime change was a priority in Syria and that the U.S. would play a role in ousting President Assad from power.
“The United States wants a whole and unified Syria with no role for Bashar Assad in the government,” Tillerson said last year. “The reign of the Assad family is coming to an end, and the only issue is how that should be brought about.”
“We do not believe there is a future for the Assad regime, the Assad family,” he said.
But with Tillerson long gone and replaced with former CIA director Mike Pompeo, regime change no longer looks to be on the agenda of the U.S. government. As Trump prepares to withdraw from Syria and pursues diplomacy with North Korea, a truly ‘America First’ foreign policy begins to take shape.