After President Donald Trump announced that ISIS in Syria had been defeated and that he would withdraw U.S. troops there, Russian President Vladimir Putin called it “the right decision,” according to the New York Times.
Putin claimed Trump was correct in that ISIS has been defeated in the region saying, “Donald’s right, and I agree with him.”
However, while Putin was supportive of Trump’s decision he was skeptical of it actually coming to pass.
“We don’t see any signs yet of the withdrawal of U.S. troops,” Putin noted. “How long has the United States been in Afghanistan? Seventeen years? And almost every year they say they’re pulling out their troops.”
But not everyone is pleased with the move. The State Department has conveyed to Trump on multiple occasions that the battle with ISIS is not yet concluded.
Trump “destroyed ISIS safe haven in Syria will lose the peace by withdrawing,” tweeted retired Army Vice Chief of Staff Jack Keane, a possible successor to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. “ISIS will re-emerge, Iran a greater threat, will own all of Syria, Israel more in danger.”