Trump Says He'll Keep Base in Iraq to 'Watch Iran'

US President Donald Trump

"We're going to keep watching and we're going to keep seeing and if there's trouble, if somebody is looking to do nuclear weapons or other things, we're going to know it before they do", he asserted.

"I do, and I respect John", Trump responded.

Watch above, via CBS News, and read the full transcript of the interview here.

Asked if he meant to use the base to strike Iran, Trump said it would be used only to "watch". "We can come back very quickly, and I'm not leaving", Trump said. "All I want to do is be able to watch", he claimed. "The U.S.is a major power ... but do not pursue your own policy priorities, we live here".

The statements are at odds with Trump's announcement December 19 that all 2,000 USA troops now stationed in Syria will come home because the four-year military battle against ISIS is over.

Following Trump's secret visit to Iraq in December, political groups in the country have stepped up their efforts to persuade the parliament to stand against the presence of U.S. forces in the Arab country. When President Obama pulled out of Iraq in theory we had Iraq.

"We spent a fortune on building this incredible base".

Despite President Donald Trump's assertions, ISIS is not defeated and could re-emerge without continued military engagement in Syria, according to candid assessments from the Pentagon and the State Department released this week. "We might as well keep it", he said.

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Stephen Myrow, managing partner with Beacon Policy Advisors, a Washington DC-based policy analysis firm, said the U.S. president was using the interview to move the debate on from the government shutdown.

The Pentagon's Inspector General issued a sobering report based on the Defense Department's own assessments Monday, calling Islamic State fighters a "battle-hardened" force capable of regaining territory in Syria if the USA lets up pressure by withdrawing.

"All I want to do is be able to watch", Trump told "Face the Nation" anchor Margaret Brennan.

He appeared to referring to al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq, where the majority of the American troops in the country are located and where Trump made his unannounced visit the day after Christmas. His visit sparked outrage in Iraq when he failed to meet with any Iraqi officials.

Trump's comments appear to have further inflamed tensions in Iraq over the continued presence of US troops after the defeat of the Islamic State group.

In June, the us and Turkey agreed to a deal called the "Manbij Roadmap" in order to prevent a Turkish invasion of the strategic Kurdish city of Manbij. The outlet also noted a "growing sentiment" held by Iraqis that USA troops should go. "Every single one of them was caused by the number one terrorist nation in the world, which is Iran", Trump said.

He played down the danger of an extremist resurgence, but said, "We'll come back if we have to".

Trump's administration has labelled Iran the greatest state sponsor of terror and the primary destabilizing influence in the Middle East.

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