Pompeo: The US isn't giving up the fight against ISIS

Despite remaining ISIS threats, Pompeo says US made 'Caliphate in Syria go away'.


Pompeo and Trump
Pompeo and Trump

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described a US fight against ISIS that is changing rather than ending, and fiercely defended the Trump administration's engagement with the world.

Pompeo spoke with NPR after President Trump ordered US troops out of Syria, saying ISIS had been defeated.

Asked if he believed ISIS was defeated, Pompeo did not say yes or no. But he did make a more measured statement that the so-called Islamic State has lost its territory: "We've made the caliphate in Syria go away."

He said the Trump administration remains fully committed to what should now become a counterterrorism fight rather than a military one.