President-elect Donald Trump said on Friday that he was likely to abandon the American effort to support “moderate” opposition groups in Syria saying “we have no idea who these people are.”
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal he said that the United States should focus on defeating ISIS and find common ground with Syria and Russia.
“I’ve had an opposite view of many people regarding Syria,” Mr. Trump told The Journal. “My attitude was you’re fighting Syria, Syria is fighting ISIS, and you have to get rid of ISIS. Russia is now totally aligned with Syria, and now you have Iran, which is becoming powerful, because of us, is aligned with Syria.”
Trump showed more interest in ending support for militant groups fighting the Syrian Army rather than those fighting almost exclusively ISIS like the Syrian Democratic Forces.
If the United States pursues the line in supporting Syrian militants fighting the Syrian Army, “We end up fighting Russia, fighting Syria,” Mr. Trump told The Journal.