Trump to Decide 'Very Quickly' on US Pullout from Syria

In this picture taken on Thursday, March 29, 2018, U.S. soldiers sit on a house that turned to an outpost on a road leading to the front line between U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council fighters and Turkish-backed fighters, at Halawanji village, north of Manbij town, Syria. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
In this picture taken on Thursday, March 29, 2018, U.S. soldiers sit on a house that turned to an outpost on a road leading to the front line between U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council fighters and Turkish-backed fighters, at Halawanji village, north of Manbij town, Syria. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he wants to pull U.S. troops out of war-torn Syria to bring them home to "start rebuilding our nation."

Trump says he expects to make a decision "very quickly."

Trump says the primary mission for U.S. troops in Syria was toppling the Islamic State group. He says that task is almost completed.

The president complained that the U.S. has spent $7 trillion in the Middle East over the years and it bought "nothing, except death and destruction."

Trump said last week that the U.S. would soon leave Syria. Other administration officials have argued for keeping U.S. troops in Syria in the interest of regional stability.

Trump commented Tuesday at a White House news conference with the presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

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