Headline: Trump: Iran can do whatever it wants in Syria

Top Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway seemed to hint that the US president might be planning to tweak his blueprint for a troop withdrawal from Syria

Pompeo allayed Netanyahu's concerns about Trump's pullout from Syria, which is a source of concern for Israel, which is anxious about growing Iranian influence in Syria. To Iran, who hates ISIS more than we do. The pro-US Kurds had asked for Syrian troops to be deployed first at Manbij, then throughout the North East of Syria, above the Euphrates.

Trump did not provide a timetable for the planned military exit from Syria, which he unexpectedly announced last month against the advice of top national security aides and without consulting politicians or U.S. allies participating in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).

When he announced he was pulling troops from Syria, Trump said the withdrawal would be rapid.

'If anybody but Donald Trump did what I did in Syria, which was an ISIS loaded mess when I became President, they would be a national hero, ' Trump tweeted, using another acronym for IS. "Number one, make sure that ISIS never comes back in Syria", he said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union".

Pompeo assured Netanyahu that President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw all 2,000 American troops from the country in no way changes Washington's commitment to the security of the Jewish State. He said, "We have won against ISIS ... we have beaten them and we've beaten them badly and now it's time for our troops to come back home".

Bolton's spokesman, Garrett Marquis, said in a statement Monday that Bolton will be joined in Turkey by Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and James Jeffrey, the secretary of state's special representative for Syria engagement.

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"I think we're in a pause situation where we are reevaluating what's the best way to achieve the President's objective of having people pay more and do more", he said. "They're going to Russian Federation, who hates ISIS more than we do", he said, using a different acronym for IS. Instead, the US President is now saying that the withdrawal of US will happen "over a period of time", and that reports about a four months period were not discussed.

In this file photo taken on July 18, 2017 French Defence Minister Florence Parly walks by a French Rafale fighter jet during a visit to a military base in Jordan.

Those concerns are shared at the top of Trump's own Republican party.

After two hours, he emerged, saying Trump "understands the need to finish the job".

It was not entirely clear whether Trump was referring to the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria or the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq.

Mr Trump told Lindsey Graham, a leading Republican senator, that he was reconsidering how he would carry out his promise to "bring the troops home", Mr Graham said after a meeting at the White House.

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