PressTV-Trump defends Syria plan, slams Mattis, McGurk

President Donald Trump has defended his decision to pull US troops out of Syria, criticizing personnel from his national security team who resigned this week.

Trump announced the controversial decision on Wednesday after he declared victory against Daesh terrorists in Syria.

Following the announcement, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis offered his resignation with the State Department’s senior envoy to the so-called anti-Daesh coalition, Brett McGurk, resigning from his post afterwards.

Trump said in a tweet Saturday that McGurk’s tenure had been slated to expire in February, accusing him of blowing his exit out of proportion.

News reports on Friday said that McGurk would leave the Trump administration in February, but hastened his decision because of Trump’s order.

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