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.
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.
— JAMES BAYS (@baysontheroad) December 19, 2018
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.
The State Department has cancelled its press briefing for today. Can't imagine why
— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) December 19, 2018
The State Department had a press briefing scheduled for this afternoon but it has been canceled. That as a U.S. defense officials tells @barbarastarrcnn that planning is underway for a "full" and "rapid" withdrawal of US troops from Syria.ADVERTISEMENT
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) December 19, 2018
US @StateDept has just cancelled eagerly awaited press briefing planned for 1430 EST. Still waiting for someone to answer questions on record about @realDonaldTrump decision to declare unilaterally ISIS in Syria is defeated and signal withdrawal of all US troops from country…
— Deborah Haynes (@haynesdeborah) December 19, 2018ADVERTISEMENT
The State Department just canceled today's briefing scheduled with Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino
— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) December 19, 2018
— Matt Lee (@APDiploWriter) December 19, 2018