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US Syria Envoy Jim Jeffrey Admits Lying to President Trump to Keep War Going

James Jeffrey, a NeverTrumper who was appointed by Mike Pompeo as special envoy for Syria in 2018, is bragging about lying to President Trump to preserve the endless war in Syria. In an interview, Jeffrey said, “We were always playing shell games to not make clear to our leadership how many troops we had there [in northeast Syria].” Jeffrey laughed about thwarting Trump’s orders to withdraw from Syria, saying: “What Syria withdrawal? There was never a Syria withdrawal.”

Jeffrey now praises Trump for his Middle East policy – and says that troop levels in Syria will remain the same regardless of who wins the election. In 2016, Jeffrey praised Biden by saying he was “the only one in the Obama administration trying to save” the war in Iraq. -GEG

James Jeffrey, a NeverTrumper who was appointed by Mike Pompeo as special envoy for Syria in 2018, is openly bragging about lying to President Trump to preserve the endless war in Syria.

Defense One reported Thursday that Jeffrey told them, “We were always playing shell games to not make clear to our leadership how many troops we had there [in northeast Syria].”

Jeffrey also laughed about thwarting Trump’s orders to withdraw from Syria, saying: “What Syria withdrawal? There was never a Syria withdrawal.”

“Never Trump” letter condemning then-presidential candidate Donald Trump as a danger to America, retiring diplomat Jim Jeffrey is recommending that the incoming Biden administration stick with Trump’s foreign policy in the Middle East.

But even as he praises the president’s support of what he describes as a successful “realpolitik” approach to the region, he acknowledges that his team routinely misled senior leaders about troop levels in Syria.

“We were always playing shell games to not make clear to our leadership how many troops we had there,” Jeffrey said in an interview. The actual number of troops in northeast Syria is “a lot more than” the roughly two hundred troops Trump initially agreed to leave there in 2019.

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