By William Booth and Michael CalderoneThe American ConservativePublished December 16, 2017 12:01:31A military spokesperson tells NBC News that President Donald Trump has yet to request any troops from the Pentagon.
He has been adamant that he does not intend to send US forces to Syria.
But according to a New York Times report on Monday, the US has been preparing for a potential US ground invasion of Syria since early December.
The US already has a significant presence in the country, as well as air assets, to support the anti-Assad fighters.
However, the Pentagon declined to provide specifics on the extent of the deployment.
In a statement, the spokesperson said, “There are no plans to send any additional troops into Syria at this time.”
The spokesperson went on to explain that the US military has already taken action to defend its interests in Syria, including targeting the Syrian government.
“The US military continues to conduct targeted airstrikes against Syrian government forces in a coordinated manner with the Syrian air force,” the spokesperson stated.
A source familiar with the situation told NBC News on Monday that the Trump administration has been discussing a ground invasion in Syria.
The source said the plan is to deploy US troops to Syria, but the exact location is still under discussion.
At the moment, it is unclear how many US troops are in Syria and how many Syrian troops are involved in the fighting.
Earlier this month, President Trump said he had not decided whether he will deploy troops to the Middle East.
He was referring to plans to expand US military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and the possible deployment of troops to take part in a ground war against the Islamic State.
Trump was responding to reports that the United States could expand its military presence in Afghanistan, where the Taliban is also fighting.
He was also speaking about his plans to “renegotiate” a trade deal with Canada, a country that has a much smaller military footprint in the Middle Eastern country.
It is unknown how many troops the Trump Administration intends to send to Syria at the moment.
However, there are indications that the military presence could extend well beyond what was previously anticipated.
US President Donald Trumps first order in Syria after taking office, November 23, 2017In the aftermath of the November 17, 2017, attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans, a video emerged online in which a masked militant wearing a green hooded sweatshirt called himself “Bin Laden” and pledged to wage war against America and its allies.
The video showed Bin Laden pledging to target US embassies, military facilities and the American Consulate in Libya.
Following the attack, President Donald Trump announced that he would “take action to prevent the spread of the deadly video and other terrorist propaganda” to the world.
But the White House was quick to downplay the seriousness of the threat posed by Bin Laden, calling the video “fake news.”
Since that time, there has been little discussion about whether the Trump White House intends to move ahead with a military invasion of the Syrian Arab Republic.
Despite the recent rhetoric on the campaign trail, the White the President has not made any serious public statements regarding Syria.
While it is still unclear what the US will be doing in Syria once Trump takes office, the situation there could quickly become a significant issue in the U.S.-Russia relations.
In addition to the ongoing US war against ISIS in Iraq, the Syrian conflict has also sparked tensions between Washington and Moscow.
Russia has been the United State’s main ally in Syria since the outbreak of the war in 2014.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Donald Trump hold a joint press conference in the East Room of the WhiteHouse, November 27, 2017.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Putin is “pushing a new plan to re-establish Russia’s influence in Syria.”
According the Wall St Journal, Russian President Vladimir Trump and US Vice President Mike Pence spoke by telephone on Thursday.
Trump said Russia’s plan is “very clear.”
“We are very much interested in the peace process and the political process in Syria,” Trump said, adding that “we’ve got to be very careful because that would mean that you would have another group that would be controlled by ISIS and a group that is controlled by a terrorist group that we don�t want.”
In the past, the U,S.
and Russia have worked together on Syria, particularly during the early stages of the civil war.
Russia is now leading the fight against ISIS, while the U., with its air force and ground troops, is supporting Syrian government troops in the fight.
After the Russian military intervention in Syria began, Washington called for a cease-fire between the Syrian military and ISIS.
However the US-led coalition has so far failed to reach a deal, with ISIS still in control of large swaths of Syria and other regions.