President Trump on Monday attacked The New York Times for publishing what he called a “very inaccurate” story about National Security Adviser John Bolton’s plan to slow troop removal from Syria. “The Failing New York Times has knowingly written a very inaccurate story on my intentions on Syria,” Trump tweeted. “No different from my original statements, we will be leaving at a proper pace while at the same time continuing to fight ISIS and doing all else that is prudent and necessary!.....”
Trump’s tweet comes in response to a Sunday article in which the Times claimed that Bolton has set conditions for troop withdrawal—including that the Islamic State is fully defeated, and that Turkey promises it won’t attack Kurdish forces aligned with the United States—which could delay the process by months, or even years. The Times describes Bolton’s conditions as an attempt to slow Trump’s controversial decision to pull troops, which sparked the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis and near-universal condemnation from lawmakers and military officials.