US President Donald Trump on Friday, 21 December, said that he has done more damage to the terror group Islamic State (ISIS) than all his recent predecessors.

“I’ve done more damage to ISIS than all recent presidents…. not even close!” Trump tweeted a day after he announced that he has asked the Pentagon to start withdrawing troops from Syria.

According to US and Turkish officials quoted in the report, Trump stunned his Cabinet, lawmakers and much of the world with the move by rejecting the advice of his top aides and agreeing to a withdrawal in a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week.

“Does the USA want to be the Policeman of the Middle East, 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,” Trump said.

He added that, “Russia, Iran, Syria & many others are not happy about the US leaving, despite what the Fake News says, because now they will have to fight ISIS and others, who they hate, without us. I am building by far the most powerful military in the world. ISIS hits us they are doomed!”

The US president’s decision attracted widespread criticism from the lawmakers, think-tank community and experts.

US Defence Secretary James Mattis resigned on Thursday, 20 December, with the differences he has with Trump over withdrawal of troops from Syria being a key reason for his departure.

After Syria, Trump has decided to pull around 7,000 US troops from Afghanistan also.

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