"Does the USA want to be the Policeman of the Middle East (West Asia), getting NOTHING but spending precious lives and trillions of dollars protecting others who, in almost all cases, do not appreciate what we are doing? Do we want to be there forever? Time for others to finally fight....," he tweeted.
"I am building by far the most powerful military in the world. ISIS hits us they are doomed!" The US president faced intense opposition to his abrupt announcement Wednesday that Islamic State had been defeated in the region, and that he was ordering the 2,000 US troops in Syria to exit the country.
Trump's decision runs counter to long-established US policy for Syria and the region. It blindsided lawmakers, the Pentagon and international allies alike.
“Getting out of Syria was no surprise,” Trump wrote in an earlier tweet. “I've been campaigning on it for years, and six months ago, when I very publicly wanted to do it, I agreed to stay longer.”