Trump added that the fight against the Islamic State would continue - "you can do two things at once" - and said, "We have other bases in the general area. I campaigned against the NEVER ENDING WARS, remember!"
Speaking during his first Cabinet meeting of the New Year, Trump said, "we're not talking about vast wealth, we're talking about sand and death".
"But we want to protect the Kurds, nevertheless, we want to protect the Kurds", he continued.
Top-ranking USA military officials had repeatedly warned against a hasty retreat from Syria, which they say could leave the door open in Syria to allies of President Bashar al-Assad - notably Russian Federation and Iran.
Trump announced his Syria pullout by saying 'We've won against ISIS, ' even though thousands of the group's fighters are thought to remain in Syria after the collapse of their 'caliphate'.
President Donald Trump has agreed to give the military about four months to withdraw the 2,000 US troops in Syria, administration officials said Monday, backtracking from his abrupt order two weeks ago that the military pull out within 30 days.
The statement said F-16 fighter jets carried out the raid around al-Sousa village in eastern Syria, as "30 leaders from Daesh (Islamic State) gangs" met in the building.
Lindsey Graham warned that removing all USA forces would hurt U.S. security by allowing Islamic State to rebuild, betraying US-backed Kurdish fighters battling remnants of the militant group and enhancing Iran's ability to threaten Israel.
Lindsey Graham, a close ally of the President, told reporters at the White House that Trump will reevaluate the withdrawal plan for Syria, although the SC senator told CNN later Sunday that the President had not reversed his Syria orders.
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"They can do what they want there, frankly", Trump said of Iran's presence in Syria.
"The results are FAR BETTER than I ever said they were going to be!"
Following the Kurds" liberation of Manbij from IS in August 2016, Turkey invaded Syria in a military operation dubbed "Euphrates Shield', capturing a swath of territory in the north. Mediation by Russian Federation and the United States prevented a direct conflict between the Turkish-backed militias and Kurds in Manbij at the time, but Ankara has continued to insist on a Kurdish withdrawal beyond the Euphrates ever since.
Although they are seeking "libertarian communalism" of the United States anarchist Murray Bookchin, the authorities of Manbij have implemented a policy of the forced Kurdization of the city. It prompted Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to step down, and the USA envoy to the coalition fighting Islamic State militants resigned in protest.
The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) had announced the withdrawal of their last forces from Manbij last summer, under an agreement made between Washington and Ankara.
"He has not reversed his decision", Graham said. "I'm getting out, we're getting out of Syria-look, we don't want Syria".
Military officials have declined to specify the timing of the departure, partly for operational security reasons and partly because many details are still quite fluid, and officials recognize that Trump could change his mind at any moment and speed up the departure.
"That's why we need to keep some of our troops there", he said.
CNN reported that Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had communed with national security adviser, John R. Bolton, before the two men travel to Turkey and Israel.