UPDATED 1:28 PM PT Sun. Jan. 13, 2019
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is defending President Trump’s decision to remove U.S. troops from Syria.
In an interview on Sunday, Pompeo described the removal as a “tactical change” and reasserted U.S. efforts remain the same.
He added that pulling the troops does not reduce the nation’s influence in the Middle Eastern country, nor does it hinder U.S. global objectives.
Pompeo stressed those fighting alongside the U.S. are not terrorists and deserve protection.
He also acknowledged some things still need to be worked out between Turkey and Kurdish forces, but remains confident of a positive outcome.