US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday President Donald Trump “is mindful that ISIS might begin to rise up again.”
“There’s lots of risks from radical Islamic terrorism all around the world. It’s certainly the case that the President is mindful that ISIS might begin to rise up again,” Pompeo said, speaking on the TV show “America This Week with Eric Bolling.”
In describing the decision to pull out of Syria, Pompeo acknowledged that ISIS is not eliminated.
“That challenge still remains. But the President firmly believes it is now time that we reprioritize, that we, in fact, protect America first, and that we get our force posture in the Middle East just right,” he said.
He added that Trump had decided to move the American troops "to make sure they were out of harm's way" after hearing that Turkey had a military offensive planned -- but that the US was not going to abandon the Kurds.
When asked whether Trump could trust Turkish President Recep Erdogan, Pompeo didn’t directly answer.