US National Security Adviser John Bolton says Washington has no plans to end its military presence in Syria, signaling an about-face in President Donald Trump’s plans to pull out troops from the Arab country.
Trump announced in April that he was going to withdraw American forces from Syria, saying their declared mission had come to an end after the defeat of the Daesh terror group.
Bolton, however, told ABC News broadcaster on Sunday that the US was not going anywhere as long as Iran remained in Syria.
“I think the president has made it clear that we are there until the ISIS territorial caliphate is removed and as long as the Iranian menace continues throughout the Middle East,” Bolton said, using another name for Daesh.
The former US envoy to the UN said Trump was going to discuss the matter with Russian President Vladimir Putin once they met in the Finnish capital of Helsinki on Monday.
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