Trump and his aides have repeatedly pushed the narrative that the U to be backing away from Iraq.
That narrative, as it has become a cornerstone of Trump’s foreign policy, was first articulated by the U, as part of its campaign for the 2016 election.
But the U has been under enormous pressure to back away from the Uyghur-majority nation for years, including from the Pentagon and the State Department, which has warned against any military intervention that could cause a humanitarian crisis.
“Our government is fully committed to the security and stability of Iraq and is working closely with the Iraqi government to bring about a stable and prosperous future for the people of Iraq,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm.
John Kirby said in a statement to the Associated Press on Wednesday.
The Trump administration has been actively pushing for Iraq to leave.
In an interview with CNN last week, Trump said he would not support an American withdrawal, but would only withdraw if the Iraqi leader made good on the threat of a military strike.
“I think we’re going to see a different Iraq, and a different place,” Trump said, without elaborating.
“But we’re looking at it.
We’ll see what happens.
But I don’t think we need a military.”
Trump has also called on U.N. troops to be deployed to Iraq, saying in a speech last year that “we’re going in and we’re gonna take care of this country.
We’re gonna help you get out of this mess.”
But the Trump administration appears to be taking a more conciliatory approach toward Iraq, at least publicly.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has been meeting with Trump at the White House, and the two have talked about the U’s withdrawal from Iraq, but both men have repeatedly stressed that U. S. troops would stay and that they would “never again attack” Iraq.
Trump, however, has indicated that the United States could remain in Iraq, while Abadi has said that U-S.
troops could stay on for “months or years” as part a broader military operation.
In a press conference on Wednesday, the White Rep. Michael McCaul, who was appointed to lead the House Foreign Affairs Committee, urged the Trump White House to make it clear to the Iraqi prime minister that the American military will remain there to protect Iraqi sovereignty and the security of the country.
“The U.s. is in Iraq as a friend,” McCaul said.
“We are there to help Iraq with its military and with its sovereignty.”