Jeff Flake

Trump, saying holidays were ‘very lonely,’ defends Syria withdrawal and attacks Mattis

Trump, saying holidays were ‘very lonely,’ defends Syria withdrawal and attacks Mattis

President Trump, as he often does, had a few things to say.

After admitting that he had been lonely over the holidays, Trump took advantage of his first public appearance of the new year Wednesday to air lingering grievances, make multiple false claims and reinforce recent decisions that have rattled financial markets and his party’s leaders.

As he held forth for more than 90 minutes before a small pool of reporters and photographers, members of his Cabinet, ostensibly called to the White House for a meeting, sat quietly around a long conference table.

Trump defended his decision last month to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and sharply cut the deployment to Afghanistan,...

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