The Latest: US officials to discuss Syria in Turkey, Israel

President Trump's national security adviser John Bolton is traveling to Israel and Turkey in early January to discuss the U.S. withdrawal of troops from Syria

3:20 p.m.

Bolton's spokesman, Garrett Marquis, said in a statement Monday that Bolton will be joined in Turkey with Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and James Jeffrey, the secretary of state's special representative for Syria engagement.


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President Donald Trump is complaining that he's getting "bad press" for his decision to pull American troops out of Syria. He tweeted Monday that he's just making good on his campaign promise against U.S. involvement in "never ending wars."

Trump says he's withdrawing 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria. He said Islamic State militants are "mostly gone" and he wants to bring the troops home. A drawdown of troops in Afghanistan also appears to be in the works.

The decision was roundly criticized by his national security advisers and prompted Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to step down.

Trump says he's the only person in America who could say "I'm bringing our great troops back home, with victory" and get "bad press."