Defending his decision to pull out of Syria, President Donald Trump told his cabinet on Wednesday: “Syria was lost long ago. We’re not talking about vast wealth. We’re talking about sand and death. I’m getting out, we’re getting out of Syria. Look, we don’t want Syria.” He added: “The Kurds, our partners are selling oil to Iran. I’m not thrilled about that, I’m not happy about it at all.” However, Trump said he did want to “protect” US-backed Kurdish fighters in the country. Washington’s drawdown of its 2,000 troops, would happen “over a period of time.”
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said he was satisfied with the answers on Syria that he had received from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo when they met in Brazil on Tuesday.