Trump Urges Stronger Push Against ISIS That Could Include Big U.S
- Author: Joey Payne Jan 30, 2017,
Jan 30, 2017, 0:55
In a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin Saturday, Trump and his counterpart agreed to increase cooperation between the two countries' militaries in the fight against ISIS, the Kremlin said in a statement.
"This is the plan to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, in other words ISIS", he said as he signed the order.
Mr. Trump is expected to sign executive action as soon as Saturday for the new strategy against the Islamic State, which is also as ISIS or ISIL.
"Within 30 days, a preliminary draft of the Plan to defeat ISIS shall be submitted to the President by the Secretary of Defense", the memorandum says.
Yet, many in the U.S. military are wary of Russia's role in Syria, with Moscow seen as seeking first and foremost to support and defend President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
He also said the U.S military had been tested after a decade of war, "our longest war", in Afghanistan.
Currently, the USA has a little more than 5,100 troops in Iraq and 500 in Syria, according to Military Times.
On the campaign trail, Trump had criticized the Obama administration for its handling of the Islamic State and declared that he knows more than generals about the group.
Trump had proposed increasing the Army to 540,000, up about 65,000; the Marine Corps to 36 battalions, up from 24; the Navy to 350 surface ships and submarines from the current 280, the number of Air Force fighter aircraft to 1,200 from from what he pegged at 1,113; and developing a state-of-the-art missile system.
It would stipulate that administration officials could not register as lobbyists for a full five years after leaving the government - and could never lobby on behalf of a foreign government, the senior official said.
Trump has signed a raft of other executive orders in the past few days, including a controversial ban on refugees entering the United States and a temporary ban on allowing individuals from seven mostly Middle Eastern nations, even some legal residents, to enter the US.