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President Trump has rowed back from his surprise announcement that he would pull American troops swiftly out of Syria, saying that the plan will instead be implemented "slowly".

On December 19, following a telephone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Trump made a surprise announcement that he would be quickly withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria and Turkey would take over responsibility there. So we have a lot to talk about today. We're talking about sand and death.

"I think we're in a pause situation", the South Carolina Republican said outside the White House after lunch with the president.

"Somebody said four months, but I didn't say that, either", he said.

Some critics also have expressed fear of a rapid withdrawal of USA troops.

Their departure was in line with an agreement "for the return of normal life to the area of northern Syria", the ministry said in a statement.

The president suggested the results are far better than he ever said they were going to be, and reminded Americans he campaigned against "never-ending wars".

The issue of the potential slaughter of those allies has been a point of contention even among Trump supporters in the days following his sudden announcement of the end of USA intervention in the Syria conflict.

The prime minister told the press ahead of the meeting-held in Brazil's capital after the inauguration of the country's new president, Jair Bolsonaro-the main topics of discussion was to be with the withdrawal of US troops from Syria and Iranian attempts to establish a military presence in the war-torn country.

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Graham said he knew Trump was "frustrated" by his limited options in Syria.

Kellyanne Conway, a close Trump adviser, seemed to hint that the president may be tweaking his withdrawal plans, Reuters said.

"I never said we are getting out overnight", Trump said.

"I campaigned on getting out of Syria and other places". Graham goes on to explain that during the President's recent stop in Iraq, his military commanders made it clear that ISIS is not "destroyed" yet, though they are on the ropes.

The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) had confirmed earlier that they were evacuating the town, which they seized from the Daesh terrorist group in 2016.

Mr Trump also pledged to protect the Kurdish population in areas under USA and Kurdish control in Syria at the moment. He also said Russian Federation "hates ISIS more than we do". It prompted Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to step down, and the US envoy to the coalition fighting Islamic State militants resigned in protest.

But during a surprise trip to Iraq last week, Trump privately told the commander of USA forces in Iraq and Syria, Lt. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera, that the military could have several months to complete a safe and orderly withdrawal, according to two US officials.

On Wednesday, however, Trump said he was "not happy" about Kurds selling oil to Iran.


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