Just in nicer words: https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-pulls-us-troops-out-of-syria-fallen-troops-2018-12 'That's the way they want it': Trump claims dead US troops would have agreed with him to pull out of Syria President Donald Trump defended his decision to withdraw all US ground troops from Syria within 30 days with a video in which he suggested it was a decision that dead US troops would have agreed with. In a roughly one-minute video at the White House on Wednesday, Trump took pride in his initial decision to continue combat operations in Syria during his presidency, but said he thinks it's time for that to end, citing his claims that the US has defeated ISIS. "And I'll tell you, they're up there looking down on us, and there is nobody happier or more proud of their families, to put them in a position where they've done such good for so many people," Trump said. "So our boys, our young women, our men, they're all coming back. And they're coming back now. We won." "And that's the way we want it, and that's the way they want it," Trump added, pointing a finger at the sky. https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/19/politics/trump-syria-advisers-congress/index.html In Syria withdrawal, Trump discards advice from allies and officials Resistance to the move was strong among some in the administration. A senior administration official told CNN's Jake Tapper that the President's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria is "a mistake of colossal proportions and the President fails to see how it will endanger our country." "Senior officials across the administration agree that the President's decision-by-tweet will recklessly put American and allied lives in danger around the world, take the pressure off of ISIS -- allowing them to reconstitute -- and hand a strategic victory to our Syrian, Iranian and Russian adversaries," the official said.