Just before christmas tvitret president Donald Trump that ICE was turned in Syria, and that it was time that the american forces in the country returned to the united STATES.
Many military experts believed that the Trumps claim that the ICE was turned was a great exaggeration, and the warnings of the hail against Trump. Also Norway's foreign minister Ine Eriksen Søreide was among them, which along with Britain and France, warned about the risks of pulling out of Syria."Fake news"
But also on home turf was the resistance large. One of the strongest critics of the president's plans was the distinguished republican senator, Lindsey Graham, who otherwise is known to be one of the Trumps supporters.
In a relatively strong terms criticized Graham Trump on several occasions for decision. In a statement right after that tilbaketrekningsplanene was known he called it "an Obama-like mistake", and a week later he went even further in the Senate.
Where he said that Trumps decision was taken "against sound military advice," and he also called the Trumps claim that the ICE was defeated for the "fake news".
- To say that we have defeated the ICE in Syria is an imprecise statement, said Graham, according to the Washington Post.
As late as Sunday morning, he gave clear expression to his scepticism.
- We still need to have the troops our there. It is just before they turn to ICE, but they are not quite there yet. If we leave now then comes the kurds to be slaughtered, " said Graham to CNN.
On the question about how Graham should convince Trump to let the american troops be in the country yet, replied Graham:
I'll talk with him during a lunch, said Graham, who also added:
- I'm going to ask him to sit down with his generals, and to reconsider how this should be done. Slowing your pace on this. We must make sure we do this right. Ensure that the ICE will never come back.Donald Trump has betrayed the kurds in Syria Comment Milder tuned after lunch
That said then done. The two met Sunday during a lunch, where Syria-the heart of the matter was on the agenda.
Even though the president cannot be said to have changed his mind, it was a far milder voiced Graham who met the press after presidentlunsjen.
We talked about Syria. He told me some things I didn't know that I have a much better feel for which way we go in Syria, said Graham, who refer to Trumps decision as a "pausesituasjon" and not a withdrawal, according to CNN.
Although Graham does not elaborated on what he meant by this, can it be that he referred to the promises of Trump, according to the New York Times, shall have given to the officers, that they get more than 30 days to pull out of Syria.
He promised to destroy the ICE. He's going to keep the promise. We are not there yet. As I said earlier in the day so it is just before we defeats the ICE, and the president realize that we must finish the job.Trump and presidentfruen on the surprise christmas visits to Iraq Iraq visit
Last week visited Trump us forces in Iraq for the first time. Then said Trump that he will not pull the united STATES out of Iraq, but he defended the decision to pull out of Syria.
- I have made it clear from the beginning that our mission in Syria was to deprive ICE of all their military positions. Eight years ago we went there to be there in three months, and then we went never. Now we do it right, and we will make it done, said Trump.
According to Graham to Trump during the visit have been told that ICE was not "completely destroyed", something that should have been an eye opener for the president.
Even though Trump himself, during their stay in Iraq, gave clear expression to that he had rejected a request from the militærtopper to get more time in Syria.
They asked again recently: "Can we get more time?" I said, "No, you can't get more time. You have been given enough time". We have turned them. We have beaten them thoroughly, " said Trump.
Trumps tilbaketrekningsbeslutning came so just before christmas, and includes the entire U.s. force of 2000 people. The retreat will also involve bakkeoperasjon against US ends.
American soldiers have on the ground in Northern Syria mainly supported a local, kurdiskdominert militia in the fight against the extreme islamistgruppa ICE. The militia has with us support powered ICE out of large areas in Northern Syria.Experts reprove Trumps Syria-decision: - Extraordinarily shortsighted and naive