‘Do You Believe This?’ — Trump Hands Backhanded Compliment To CNN In Tweet Touting Syria Progress
President Donald Trump implied in a Sunday afternoon tweet that his administration’s policy in Syria has been so successful, even CNN has been forced to report on it.
“The U.S. will soon control 100% of ISIS territory in Syria. @CNN (do you believe this?),” Trump tweeted.
The U.S. will soon control 100% of ISIS territory in Syria. @CNN (do you believe this?).
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2019
The final territory controlled by fighters of the so-called Islamic State was in the small town of Baghouz Al-Fawqani, just west of an earthen berm on the outskirts of the village where US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces started their push.
Initial reports from the front lines — about 1.5 kilometers (just under a mile) from where a CNN team was reporting — were that there was little resistance from ISIS. There are some ISIS fighters, CNN heard from SDF commanders, who want to surrender and others who want to fight until the death.
Trump stated in December that his “only reason” for being in Syria was to ultimately defeat ISIS, the demise of which became a key reason for the announced withdrawal from the country. (RELATED: Trump Decided To Withdraw From Syria After Stumping John Bolton With One Question)
We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2018