Trump administration announces plans to cut number of troops in Iraq by a THIRD as the president continues his bid to take the US out of 'endless wars'

The Trump administration will announce Wednesday that it is withdrawing up to a third of US troops from Iraq, as President Donald Trump tries to make good on his campaign promise to disentangle the country from 'endless wars.'
A senior administration official discussed the draw-down with reporters aboard Air Force One on Tuesday night, on condition of anonymity. 
The official said the administration is also looking to announce the withdrawal of additional troops from Afghanistan in the coming days.
The planned announcements come as the president has been trying to make the case that he has fulfilled the promises he made four years ago as he tries to secure a second term.
The Trump administration will announce Wednesday that it is withdrawing up to a third of US troops from Iraq, as President Donald Trump tries to make good on his campaign promise to disentangle the country from 'endless wars'
The Trump administration will announce Wednesday that it is withdrawing up to a third of US troops from Iraq, as President Donald Trump tries to make good on his campaign promise to disentangle the country from 'endless wars' 
The decision also comes as Trump, a Republican, faces blowback from a report that he allegedly made disparaging remarks about U.S. war dead. 
The Atlantic claimed in a story published last week that Trump referred to dead US troops as 'losers' and 'suckers'.
The White House has strenuously denied the report and Trump has derided The Atlantic as a failing magazine. 

There are more than 5,000 American troops in Iraq now. 
In July, the top U.S. general for the Middle East said he believed the U.S. will keep a smaller but enduring presence in the country. 
Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, said he believes the Iraqis welcome the U.S. and coalition troops, especially in the ongoing fight to keep IS fighters from taking hold of the country again.
Trump told reporters two weeks ago that 'we look forward to the day when we don´t have to be there.' The comments came during an Oval Office meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.
However, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo emphasized at that same meeting that a full withdrawal of U.S. troops would only occur once 'we can complete the mission.'
There are more than 5,000 American troops in Iraq now. In July, the top U.S. general for the Middle East said he believed the U.S. will keep a smaller but enduring presence in the country
There are more than 5,000 American troops in Iraq now. In July, the top U.S. general for the Middle East said he believed the U.S. will keep a smaller but enduring presence in the country
Trump administration announces plans to cut number of troops in Iraq by a THIRD as the president continues his bid to take the US out of 'endless wars' Trump administration announces plans to cut number of troops in Iraq by a THIRD as the president continues his bid to take the US out of 'endless wars' Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 10:22 Rating: 5

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