President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he hoped to pull American troops out of Syria.
The president noted that the United States’ “primary mission” of eliminating ISIS was “almost completed,” so his administration would make a decision on whether or not to remove troops from the region “very quickly.”
“I want to get out. I want to bring our troops back home. I want to start rebuilding our nation,” the president said during a press conference with leaders from Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.
“Sometimes it’s time to come back home, and we’re thinking about that very seriously,” he added.
Trump also argued that keeping troops in the area was “very costly” and benefited other countries more than the U.S., though noted he would be willing to extend the stay of military forces if other countries helped pay to do so.
“Saudi Arabia is very interested in our decision. And I said, ‘Well, you know, you want us to stay? Maybe you’re going to have to pay,” the president said.
Trump’s remarks on Tuesday are the latest signs that the administration hopes to pull American soldiers out of Syria as quickly as possible. Last week during an event in Ohio, the president also mentioned the idea.
“We’re knocking the hell out of ISIS. We’ll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon,” President Trump said last Thursday. “Let the other people take care of it now.”
The following day, The Wall Street Journal reported that the president froze more than $200 million dollars previously directed at recovery efforts in Syria.
Watch the president’s remarks above, via CNN.