Retiring Ambassador Jim Jeffrey, who not only signed the infamous “Never Trump” letter while President Donald Trump was a candidate in 2016 but also gives foreign policy advice to Joe Biden, has admitted his team lied about the number of troops in Syria to thwart the president’s agenda.
In an interview with Defense One, Jeffrey said his team regularly mislead the Trump administration about the number of troops in Syria.
“We were always playing shell games to not make clear to our leadership how many troops we had there,” Jeffrey told the outlet.
Jeffrey called Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria in 2018 “the most controversial thing in my fifty years in government,” even though former President Barack Obama withdrew troops from the Middle East as well, leading to the formation of ISIS. After the withdrawal, Defense One reported, Jeffrey became the “special envoy in the counter-ISIS fight.”
As Jeffrey said, even though Trump announced a Syria withdrawal,