Trump backtracks on claim that ISIS has been destroyed in Syria


President Donald Trump once again backtracked on his claim that ISIS has been defeated in Syria, all while arguing that U.S. military forces should be withdrawn.

For months, Trump has claimed that ISIS is destroyed and the our military has achieved victory in Syria. Of course, that’s a lie, and his own intelligence officials confirmed that earlier this week in testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

“ISIS is intent on resurging and still commands thousands of fighters in Iraq and Syria,” Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said, adding that the terrorist group “very likely will continue to pursue external attacks from Iraq and Syria against regional and Western adversaries, including the United States,” and “has returned to its guerrilla warfare roots while continuing to plot attacks and direct its supporters worldwide.”

On Thursday evening, Trump claimed that his intelligence chiefs were wrong and that he’s right about ISIS in Syria being defeated.

However, his story changed again on Friday morning as he argued for a troop withdrawal from Syria:

In short, Trump just admitted that we haven’t defeated ISIS yet, but he still intends to abandon our allies in the region anyway, thus leaving tens of thousands of ISIS fighters left to regroup.

Twitter users mocked Trump accidental admission along with his claim to be “smart” with money:

Clearly, ISIS has not been defeated. Even Republican lawmakers and military leaders say that Trump is wrong about ISIS.

If we ignore the tens of thousands of fighters left on the battlefield, that opens the Middle East up to being terrorized and taken over again by the Caliphate, which can then pursue terrorist attacks in the United States and elsewhere as the organization regains strength and resources. The only real victory is a total victory and that won’t happen if Trump retreats from Syria.

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