25 April 2018| Donald J. Trump | White House
Memo From the Desk of: Donald J. Trump – President of the United States
“As far as Syria is concerned, I would love to get out.
I would love to bring our incredible warriors back home.
They’ve done a great job; we’ve essentially just absolutely obliterated ISIS in Iraq, and in Syria.
And we’ve done a big favor to neighboring countries, frankly, but we’ve also done a favor for our country.
With that being said, Emmanuel and myself have discussed the fact that we don’t want to give Iran open season to the Mediterranean, especially since we really control it to a large extent.
We really have controlled it, and we’ve set control on it.
So we’ll see what happens. But we’re going to be coming home relatively soon.
We finished, at least almost, our work with respect to ISIS in Syria, ISIS in Iraq.
And we have done a job that nobody has been able to do.
With that being said, I do want to come home, but I want to come home also with having accomplished what we have to accomplish.
I also want to thank President Macron for France’s vital contribution to our very successful campaign against ISIS.
As we drive these ISIS killers from Syria, it is essential that the responsible nations of the Middle East step up their own contributions to prevent Iran from profiting off the success of our anti-ISIS effort.
Very rich countries are in the Middle East. They have to make major contributions. They have not been doing it as they should, a major topic that we discussed a little while ago.
They have to step up tremendously –not a little bit — but tremendously their financial effort.
But if I might add, they — states and as I alluded to, that in countries that are in the area, some of which are immensely wealthy, would not be there except for the United States and to a lesser extent France.
But they wouldn’t be there except for the United States, they wouldn’t last a week.
We are protecting them. They have to now step up and pay for what’s happening. Because I don’t think France or the United States should be liable for the tremendous cost. The United States is embarrassingly into the Middle East as of a few months ago, as you’ve heard me say before.
And I don’t take responsibility, but I would be very embarrassed if I had to. $7 trillion, and when we want to build Mr. President our infrastructure, everybody says that we want to be careful with our money.
When we want to fix a highway or we want to build schools and lots of other things, tunnels, bridges, they say oh, let’s be careful with our money.
And yet we’ve spent $7 trillion in the Middle East and we’ve got nothing for it. Nothing, less than nothing, as far as I’m concerned. That’s over an 18 year period. The countries that are there, that you all know very well, are immensely wealthy.
They’re going to have to pay for this and I think the President and I agree very much on that. And they will pay for it. They will pay for it. We’ve spoken to them, they will pay for it. The United States will not continue to pay.
And they will also put soldiers on the ground, which they’re not doing. And we will in fact bring lots of people home.
We will have a strong blockage to the Mediterranean, which to me is very important. Because if we don’t, you have Iran going right to the Mediterranean, not going to have that.
But there is a chance, and nobody knows what I’m going to do on the 12th. Although Mr. President, you have a pretty good idea. But we’ll see, but we’ll see also if I do what some people expect. Whether or not it will be possible to do a new deal with solid foundations.
Because this is a deal with decayed foundations. It’s a bad deal, it’s a bad structure. It’s falling down. Should’ve never, ever been made. I blame Congress, I blame a lot of people for it. But it should’ve never been made.
And we’re going to see what happens on the 12th. But I will say if Iran threatens us in any way, they will pay a price like few countries have ever paid.