"We’ll be coming out of Syria like very soon," Trump said. "Let the other people take care of it now. Very soon. Very soon. We’re coming out."
As Elizabeth McLaughlin and Conor Finnegan wrote for ABC News, nobody has any idea what this really means.
The Pentagon and State Department gave no indication that U.S. policy, which includes troops fighting with Syrians against ISIS, has changed. Defense Secretary James Mattis has said that troops will remain for some time to prevent new terrorist groups from forming.
Last August, discussing defense strategy, Trump said, "Conditions on the ground — not arbitrary timetables — will guide our strategy from now on. America’s enemies must never know our plans or believe they can wait us out."
During the speech, he also reiterated his false claim that he opposed the Iraq war from the beginning, so he could be considering embracing the noninterventionist foreign policy he has sometimes endorsed.
Are we actually getting out of Syria soon? No one knows — including, perhaps, the president himself.