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‘Shambles’: State Department abruptly cancels briefing as White House announces surprise withdrawal from Syria

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The U.S. State Department on Wednesday cancelled a scheduled press briefing minutes after the White House officially announced that troops were being pulled out of Syria.

In a surprise announcement Wednesday morning, Defense Department officials said that U.S. troops had been ordered to immediately leave Syria.

“We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump presidency,” Trump announced in a tweet.

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Soon after the White House confirmed the decision, the State Department abruptly cancelled its scheduled briefing.

Al-Jazeera diplomatic editor James Bays suggested that the Trump administration was in “shambles” after the announcement.

“So many questions about @realDonaldTrump pulling #US troops out of #syria – upending regional policy. Yet @StateDept cancels its press briefing. Shambles,” Bays wrote on Twitter.

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Other reporters like The Daily Beast’s Spencer Ackerman also connected the State Department’s scheduling announcement to the U.S. Syria policy. Read some of the tweets below.

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