President Trump called for a strong, deliberate and orderly withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria in a surprise visit to troops in Iraq. Trump said nations in the Middle East must step up and take more responsibility for their future in his address to the military at Al Asad Air Base.
"The nations of the region must step up and take more responsibility for their future and also they have to confront those remnants of ISIS and take them out very easily if after we're totally finished, they're left at all," Trump said Wednesday.
"There will be a strong, deliberate and orderly withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria," he said. "Very deliberate, very orderly. while maintaining the U.S. presence in Iraq to prevent an ISIS resurgence and to protect U.S. interests and always to watch over very closely over any potential reformation of ISIS and also to watch over Iran. We'll be watching."
Trump said every country must decide their future for themselves and that it is not up to America to fight "every nation on earth." The president said the world no longer looks at the U.S. as the "suckers of the world."
"Each nation of the world must decide for itself what kind of future it wants to build for its people and what kind of sacrifices they are willing to make for their children," he said. "America shouldn't be doing the fighting for every nation on earth. Not being reimbursed in many cases, if at all."
"If they want us to do the fighting, they also have to pay a price and sometimes that's also a monetary price, so we're not the suckers of the world," Trump declared. "We're no longer the suckers, folks and people aren't looking at us as suckers."
"We're respected again as a nation," Trump added. "We're respected."
Watch Trump's full remarks to the troops: