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WorldTrump admits he can't say ISIS defeated because 'whack jobs' could strike

03:00  16 april  2019
03:00  16 april  2019 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that ISIS has been defeated . He 's made similar comments before, but military officials have always been more While ISIS has lost the territory it once controlled, the group remains a potent terror threat that can strike globally. "But we've done an excellent job .

Mr. Trump ’s decision contradicted what other top national security officials have said in recent “We know that once the physical space is defeated , we can ’ t just pick up and leave,” he told reporters. Robert S. Ford, the last American ambassador to Syria, said the United States could continue to

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“Whatever successes the Trump administration is claiming against ISIS are actually a product of the Obama administration’s approach,” says Jennifer Cafarella, the senior intelligence planner at the Institute for the Study of War. To be fair, Trump ’s approach wasn’ t 100 percent identical to Obama’s.

Trump hasn' t reversed Obama's counter- ISIS strategy, but he has accelerated ISIS setbacks. What Trump left unsaid was that his administration is pursuing a strategy against ISIS largely The Pentagon said it still vets requests for airstrikes carefully, but commanders closer to the battle can

Speaking at a gathering of business leaders in Burnsville, Minnesota, Trump said his administration had made significant progress in the Middle East, including capturing 100 percent of ISIS territory. But he stopped short of previous declarations of total victory which had provoked criticism that lingering fighters and a hostile ideology remained a danger.

“You never say you won, because you have a couple of whack jobs go and blow up a store, people get killed; they blow up something else, people get killed,” he said

“They are crazy, they are wacky, they are bad people and we are going to make sure it happens as little as possible but you can never claim victory because you always have a nut job someplace that’s going to do something.”

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Because you know, many countries, I can ’ t say Germany, but many countries are spying on us. I think that was a great disservice done by Edward Snowden. HABERMAN: Mr. Trump , you have talked about your plans to defeat ISIS , and how you would approach it.

In December, Trump declared victory over ISIS to explain why the U.S. was pulling most of its troops out of Syria.

Frequent Twitter updates and statements on progress followed.

At the start of February he tweeted: "We will soon have destroyed 100 percent of the Caliphate."

Two weeks later: "We are pulling back after 100 percent Caliphate victory!"

At times he talked about capturing 100 percent of its territory but at other times declared the group was “100 percent defeated."

Those comments stood in contrast to those of Trump’s own commanders, who warned that the group’s battle-hardened fighters remained a threat.

Gen. Joseph Votel, the head of the U.S. military's Central Command, said in February it was vital to maintain vigilance against “the now largely dispersed and disaggregated [ISIS] that retains leaders, fighters, facilitators, resources and the profane ideology that fuels their efforts".

On Monday, Trump sought to clarify his comments.

“Well we do have 100 percent of the land, of the area,” he said. “We took it over very quickly. But you always have somebody out there so we don’t want to be put in a position where we say 100 percent and then somebody gets killed by a mad maniac.”

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