President Donald Trump said Sunday he would consider the possibility of using American troops as part of a U.S. military intervention in Syria if it was needed.
Trump made the comments in a series of tweets about Syria that was the latest in a flurry of policy announcements in recent days, after his administration announced its decision to send a small group of U.N. peacekeepers to Syria.
Trump said Sunday that he was still deciding whether to use American troops.
“If we’re going to send troops, we’re sending them with our allies, but we’ll do what’s best for the country, not what’s good for the United States,” he said in a tweet.
He added that “if there’s a situation that requires us to use our military power, we will do it.”
Trump said in the tweets that he’s been told by top military officials that sending in U.K. troops to Syria could be a way to “fight terrorism” and to “send a message” to the Assad regime.
Trump has long advocated for a military strike against Syria’s government and called for the U.A.E. to be stripped of its chemical weapons stockpiles, and he has been at odds with the Obama administration on whether to authorize a ground invasion.
But as he sought to show greater flexibility to the administration, Trump also appeared to draw on a similar policy statement made by former President Barack Obama.
In January, Obama announced he was planning to send 500 U.D.S.-led forces to Syria to train and advise the Syrian opposition.
That force was to include thousands of Syrian troops who would be supported by U.P.A.-trained Syrian forces, a U,S.
official said Sunday.
The U.B.C. said Sunday it has not yet received a request from the U,P.P.-backed Free Syrian Army, which is fighting the Syrian government, to send military advisers or fighters.
“We have been in talks with them and are awaiting their response,” said Paul Coombs, a spokesman for U.U.N.-sponsored envoy Kofi Annan.
The Obama administration in early January also announced it would provide arms and training to the Syrian rebels.
The United States and Russia, the main U.G.O. partners in the fight against Assad, have called for a political transition to be put in place within six months, with a deadline of Feb. 15.
The administration has been trying to avoid military action in Syria for several years.
The administration and Congress have both blocked Obama’s efforts to send weapons to the rebels.
Trump’s tweets on Sunday come after Trump’s spokesman, Sean Spicer, on Thursday night said the president would support a U-turn in the U.-Russia talks in Geneva.
Spicer also said the United Nations would take over the negotiations if the talks were held without U.NATO’s participation.
Span said Sunday, however, that “the president would not be in favor of taking over the talks” if the U-N.
did not come up with a proposal.