President Trump says he wants to bring US troops in Syria home after the defeat of the Islamic State.
Trump also says Saudi Arabia needs to pay more for peacekeeping efforts.
According to Politico:
“President Donald Trump on Tuesday again voiced support for pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, saying his administration would make a decision on the matter “very quickly.”
“I want to get out. I want to bring our troops back home,” the president said during a multilateral news conference with the leaders of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. He added: “Sometimes it’s time to come back home. And we’re thinking about that very seriously.”
The president said the “primary mission” for keeping a military presence in the country, which remains besieged by a multifaceted war, was the defeat of the Islamic State. Given that this task is “almost completed,” Trump said, his administration will look to make a final decision on the status of U.S. troops in the region “very quickly.”
In his remarks, the president also turned up the pressure on Saudi Arabia, suggesting that if the kingdom wanted the U.S. to keep military forces on the ground in Syria, it would have to share the financial burden.”