Donald Trump on ISIS

Quotes by Donald Trump on Whether ISIS has been Defeated in Syria

THEN
NOW


Dec 2018
2019

Donald Trump on ISIS Then
Donald Trump on ISIS Now


#DonaldTrump 12/19/18: "We have won against ISIS. We have beaten them and we have beaten them badly." » #Trump 1/31/19: "Syria was loaded with ISIS until I came along. We will soon have destroyed 100% of the Caliphate." Click To Tweet

Quotes by Donald Trump on Whether ISIS has been Defeated in Syria

THEN

Dec 2018

Donald Trump on ISIS Then
“We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.”

“We have won against ISIS. We have beaten them and we have beaten them badly. We have taken back the land and now it’s time for our troops to come back home.”
- Dec 19, 2018

NBC News, Dec 19, 2018
U.S. troops to leave Syria as President Trump declares victory over ISIS

(retrieved 1/30/19)
quote starts at 0:08

NOW

2019

Donald Trump on ISIS Now
“The Failing New York Times has knowingly written a very inaccurate story on my intentions on Syria. No different from my original statements, we will be leaving at a proper pace while at the same time continuing to fight ISIS and doing all else that is prudent and necessary!”

“Starting the long overdue pullout from Syria while hitting the little remaining ISIS territorial caliphate hard, and from many directions. Will attack again from existing nearby base if it reforms.”

“ISIS was out of control in Syria… Caliphate will soon be destroyed.”

Syria was loaded with ISIS until I came along. We will soon have destroyed 100% of the Caliphate.”

“When I took over Syria it was infested with ISIS. It was all over the place. And now you have very little ISIS and you have the caliphate almost knocked out. We will be announcing in the not too distant future 100 percent of the caliphate which is the area — the land, the area — 100. We’re at 99 percent right now, we’ll be at 100… “You’re going to have pockets. But you’re not going to keep armies there because you have a few people. Or you even have fairly reasonable numbers of people.
Feb 3, 2019 -
“Now, as we work with our allies to destroy the remnants of ISIS, it is time to give our brave warriors in Syria a warm welcome home.”
Feb 6, 2019 -

State of the Union Speech

CNN, Feb 6, 2019
State of the Union 2019: Read the full transcript

(retrieved 2/6/19)
“The U.S. will soon control 100% of ISIS territory in Syria.”

“We just took over you know you kept hearing it was 90%, 92%, the caliphate in Syria, now it’s 100%, we just took over 100% caliphate, that means the area of the land we’re just have 100% so that’s good.”
Feb 28, 2919 -
“As of today or tomorrow, we will have 100% of the caliphate defeated in Syria.”
March 2, 2019 -

CPAC speech 2019

CNN, March 2, 2019
President Trump speaks at CPAC

(retrieved 3/2/19)


#DonaldTrump 12/19/18: "We have won against ISIS. We have beaten them and we have beaten them badly." » #Trump 2/10/19: "The U.S. will soon control 100% of ISIS territory in Syria." Click To Tweet

Context

On December 19, 2018, Donald Trump declared that the United States is withdrawing military forces from Syria because the war against ISIS was over. Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned the following day.1New York Times, Dec 19, 2018
Trump to Withdraw U.S. Forces From Syria, Declaring ‘We Have Won Against ISIS’
retrieved 1/30/19
2CNN, March 1, 2019
Trump surprises allies, claims US-backed forces reclaimed 100% of ISIS territory in Syria
retrieved 3/2/19


“While ISIS is nearing territorial defeat in Iraq and Syria, the group has returned to its guerrilla warfare roots while continuing to plot attacks and direct its supporters worldwide. ISIS is intent on resurging and still commands thousands of fighters in Iraq and Syria.”

– Director of U.S. National Intelligence Dan Coats, Jan 28, 20193Time, Jan 29, 2019
Trump’s Own Intelligence Chief Contradicted Him Several Times
retrieved 3/2/19