"Create 20 mile safe zone...." And while about 2,000 American troops are now based in the civil war-torn country, that number could increase before a final pull-out, according to the New York Times.
"Russia, Iran and Syria have been the biggest beneficiaries of the long term USA policy of destroying ISIS in Syria - natural enemies", Trump continued.
"We also know that those fighting alongside us for all this time deserve to be protected as well", he added.
Trump's impulsive decision to withdraw troops from Syria was announced on December 19 past year, after declaring the Islamic State (ISIS) to have been fully "destroyed", created a rift between him and the USA military. "Stop the ENDLESS WARS!"More news: Alabama transfer QB Jalen Hurts visits OU's campus
Speaking in the United Arab Emirates, Mr Pompeo said he thought it would be possible to reach an agreement which would allow the Turks to defend themselves from terror threats while protecting Kurds - who have been fighting alongside USA troops - against the so-called Islamic State group.
Ibrahim Kalin, Turkey's presidential spokesman, replied, also on Twitter, with a warning for Mr Trump. In a televised speech in December, he said Turkey's army would be ready "neutralize terrorist organizations" in upcoming months, according to the Financial Times.
"Turkey expects the United States to honour our strategic partnership and doesn't want it to be shadowed by terrorist propaganda". "They understand that there are squabbles in Washington, but their mission remains, their duties continue and they're executing them".
The PKK is the Kurdistan Workers' Party, the PYD is Democratic Union Party established in Syria, and the YPG are the People's Protection Units - a mainly-Kurdish militia also in Syria.More news: Dead and 14 Hospitalized from Apparent Overdose in Chico
After media reports suggesting the departure of USA forces had begun, the Pentagon later said no troops had yet withdrawn and stressed that the battle against ISIS was continuing as US-backed forces try to capture the group's last remaining pockets of territory in Syria.
Relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have been strained over USA backing for the Kurdish YPG, which Turkey views as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) waging a decades-long insurgency on Turkish soil.
"We will confirm that there has been no redeployment of military personnel from Syria to date", said Navy Commander Sean Robertson, a Pentagon spokesman. Washington and Ankara also sparred over the fate of American Presbyterian minister Andrew Brunson, who was convicted in Turkey of aiding terrorism, and who Ankara was forced to extradite after Trump exerted unprecedented economic pressure.
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An estimated 2,000 civilians remain trapped in the area around the town of Hajin, the United Nations said.