Outgoing Diplomat Admits Lying to President Trump About American Troop Numbers in Syria

“We were always playing shell games to not make clear to our leadership how many troops we had there”

James Jeffrey is the outgoing United States envoy in Syria. During a recent interview, he rather candidly admitted lying to President Trump about the number of American troops that have been kept in Syria, contrary to Trump’s orders.

Jeffrey was appointed to other diplomatic positions under Presidents Bush and Obama. He is part of the permanent, unelected leadership class in Washington, DC.

Jeffrey was also a never-Trumper in 2016 and now gives advice to Joe Biden.

Do you remember when Democrats and people in media would scoff at Trump’s mere mention of the Deep State? It’s difficult to imagine a better real life example than James Jeffrey.

Katie Bo Williams of Defense One has the story:

Outgoing Syria Envoy Admits Hiding US Troop Numbers; Praises Trump’s Mideast Record

Four years after signing the now-infamous “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.

Jeffrey goes on to praise the work Trump has done throughout the region, and that’s nice, but it doesn’t change the part about deliberately lying to the President of the United States and then casually dropping that in an interview. And why does Jeffrey even feel comfortable saying this? Could it be because he knows the media won’t come after him for it?


Does everyone recall Democrats and the media calling Trump a threat to our norms and democracy? What do they call this? I’ll give you one example. Here’s Liz Sly of the Washington Post. Note the crying/laughing emojis:

Get it? It’s funny when people put the lives of American soldiers at risk if it’s done to own Trump.

Aaron Mate spoke to Tucker about this on Friday night:

I’ll leave you with one final question. Does it strike you as odd that Trump keeps trying to bring our troops home while the permanent class in DC keeps trying to prevent him from doing so?

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Author: Mike LaChance