JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AP)– President Donald Trump was paying homage Saturday to the 4 Americans killed in a suicide bomb attack in Syria today as he set off to Dover Flying Force Base for the return of their remains.

The trip was not noted on the president’s public schedule that was released Friday night, however he tweeted the news before he left the White House in the early morning.

” Will be leaving for Dover to be with the families of 4 extremely unique individuals who lost their lives in service to our Country!” he wrote. He later on told press reporters: “When I’m going to fulfill family members of a few of our terrific, excellent heroes that have fallen, I believe it might be the most difficult thing I have to do as president.”

The see comes throughout a spending plan fight that has actually consumed Washington for the past month, shuttering parts of the federal government and leaving numerous thousands of workers without pay. Raising the stakes in his disagreement with Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the president on Thursday quickly canceled her military flight, hours before she and a congressional delegation were to leave for Afghanistan on a previously concealed visit to U.S. troops.

Trump prepared an afternoon statement that was expected to detail a deal the White Home hopes might pave the method for the shutdown’s end.

The Islamic State group has actually claimed duty for Wednesday’s attack in the northern Syrian town of Manbij that came about a month after Trump had stated that the militants had actually been beat and that he was withdrawing U.S. forces from the nation.

The attack highlighted the risk still positioned by IS despite Trump’s assertion and could complicate that withdrawal strategy. A few of his senior consultants have disagreed with the decision and have provided an evolving schedule for the elimination of the roughly 2,000 U.S. troops.

The bombing, which also injured 3 U.S. soldiers, was the deadliest attack on U.S. forces in Syria since they went into the country in 2015.

A minimum of 16 individuals were eliminated, and the dead were said to have consisted of a number of fighters with the Syrian Democratic Forces, who have fought alongside the Americans against IS.

The Pentagon has actually determined three of the four Americans eliminated:

— Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, Florida, who was based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

— Navy Chief Cryptologic Specialist (Interpretive) Shannon M. Kent, 35, of Pine Plains, New York City, and based at Fort Meade, Maryland.

— civilian Scott A. Wirtz from St. Louis.

The Pentagon hasn’t determined the fourth casualty, a civilian professional.

Trump has actually made one other visit to Dover during his presidency, not long after taking workplace. On Feb. 1, 2017, Trump honored the returning remains of a U.S. Navy SEAL eliminated in a raid in Yemen. Chief Unique Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens, a 36-year-old from Peoria, Illinois, was the first recognized U.S. battle casualty since Trump ended up being president.

Over the previous month, Trump and others have appeared to adjust the Syria pullout timeline, and U.S. authorities have actually suggested it will likely take several months to securely withdraw American forces from Syria.

In a Dec. 19 tweet announcing the withdrawal, Trump had said, “We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only factor for being there throughout the Trump Presidency.” He stated the soldiers would start coming house “now.” That strategy set off instant pushback from military leaders and led to the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

A leading U.S. voice on foreign policy, Sen. Lindsey Graham, stated during a check out Saturday to Turkey that an American withdrawal from Syria that had actually not been believed through would lead to “turmoil” and “an Iraq on steroids.” Graham, R-S.C., urged Trump not to get out without a plan and said the goal of damaging IS militants in Syria had actually not yet been accomplished.

Trump said prior to getting here in Dover that IS has lost practically all its area but “that doesn’t indicate you’re not going to have somebody around.” He likewise said “we can be pulling back however we’ve been hitting ISIS really hard over the last three weeks … and it’s moving along extremely well.”

Manbij is the main town on the westernmost edge of Syrian area held by the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurds, running along the border with Turkey. Blended Kurdish-Arab Syrian forces liberated Manbij from Remains In 2016 with aid from the U.S.-led union.

However Kurdish control of the town exasperated Turkey, which views the main U.S. Kurdish ally, the YPG militia, as “terrorists” linked to Kurdish insurgents by itself soil.

Trump reinforced his withdrawal decision throughout a conference with about a half-dozen GOP senators late Wednesday at the White Home.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who was at the conference, told press reporters on a teleconference that the president stayed “steadfast” in his decision not to remain in Syria – or Afghanistan – “forever.” But the senator did not divulge the most current thinking on the withdrawal timeline.

Paul said Trump told the group, “We’re not going to continue the method we’ve done it.”

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