Pence claims 'we have crushed the ISIS caliphate' hours after attack

Mail Online | 1/16/2019 | Francesca Chambers, White House Correspondent For Dailymail.com
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Vice President Mike Pence claimed hours after a bloody attack in Syria on U.S. forces that America and its allies had 'crushed' the terror group known as ISIS.

Pence first made the claim in a speech, and doubled down on it in a statement invoking Trump.

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'President Trump and I condemn the terrorist attack in Syria that claimed American lives and our hearts are with the loved ones of the fallen,' Pence wrote. 'We honor their memory and we will never forget their service and sacrifice.'

He went on to say: 'We have crushed the ISIS caliphate and devastated its capabilities. As we begin to bring our troops home, the American people can be assured, for the sake of our soldiers, their families, and our nation, we will never allow the remnants of ISIS to reestablish their evil and murderous caliphate – not now, not ever.'

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Earlier on Wednesday, after news of the attack had spread, he had read the same lines, verbatim, in a speech he delivered.

A statement from the White House press secretary handled the matter more delicately.

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'Our deepest sympathies and love go out to the families of the brave American heroes who were killed today in Syria. We also pray for the soldiers who were wounded in the attack. Our service members and their families have all sacrificed so much for our country,' White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.

Sanders did not mention ISIS or the president's plan to pullout troops.

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Trump had boasted about the withdrawal in tweets on Sunday that warned Turkey and the Kurds to behave once the U.S. has vacated the country.

'Starting the long overdue pullout from Syria while hitting the little remaining ISIS territorial caliphate hard, and from many directions. Will attack again from existing nearby base if it reforms,' Trump said....
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