Bolton seems to contradict Trump on US withdrawal from Syria

The president's national security adviser said there is no timetable to remove 2,000 troops.
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Transcript for Bolton seems to contradict Trump on US withdrawal from Syria
We're going to turn next to U.S. Troops in Syria. Just two and a half weeks ago, the president said ISIS was defeated, that U.S. Troops were coming home. After the president's words, the Pentagon gave the timeline for withdrawal, 30 days, but tonight, are our troops coming home after all? That's the president's national security said something very different. Here's ABC's Ian Pannell now. Reporter: Tonight, president trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, on the world stage, appearing to contradict the commander in chief about pulling American troops out of Syria. Just last month, president trump claimed, in a white house-produced video, that ISIS was defeated, and American troops would be coming home. We have won against ISIS. We've beaten them and we've beaten them badly. We've taken back the land and now it's time for our troops to come back home. Reporter: The Pentagon initially saying the president's order would be carried out in 30 days. The day after that surprise announcement, defense secretary Jim Mattis resigned in protest. But now, Bolton says that withdrawal will only happen if certain conditions are met. The protection of U.S. Allies in the region and the complete defeat of ISIS. Bolton stressed there is now no timetable for removal of the 2,000 troops. And the president saying there was never a deadline. I never said we're doing it that quickly. But we're decimating ISIS. We're pulling out of Syria, but we're doing it, and we won't be finally pulled out until ISIS is gone. And Ian Pannell joins us live tonight. Ian, you've often reported from Syria for us. So, this would seem to be a different timeline tonight than the one we heard after the president's taped message and word from the Pentagon just a few weeks back. Reporter: Yeah, that's right. These statements make it clear the troops will not now be home within that 30-day deadline, which was due to expire next week. Staying, instead, to fight ISIS. But that could take months, if not years. David? Ian Pannell with us tonight. Ian, thank you.

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