By: John MacKenzie, Staff Reporter
President Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels according to reports.
Officials say the phasing out of the secret program reflects President Trump’s interest in finding ways to work with anti-Islamic State allies in the region. The shuttering of the program is also a possible acknowledgment of the Trump administration’s limited desire to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power.
Officials say President Trump made the decision to scrap the CIA program nearly a month ago, after an Oval Office meeting with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and national security adviser H.R. McMaster.