Trump's comments on Sunday have added to mounting concerns among both opponents and supporters of an American troop presence in Iraq.
The Syrian Democratic Forces are now holding hundreds of ISIS foreign fighters at prisons in eastern Syria, hoping to hand them over to their home countries but few governments are willing to take them.
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Sabah al-Saadi, a member of parliament in the bloc led by influential anti-American Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr, has proposed a bill demanding a U.S. pullout.
President Trump speaks at a hanger rally at al-Asad Air Base, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018.
"He didn't ask Iraq about this", Salih said Monday. Shiite-led Iran has strongly backed fellow Shiites who assumed power in Iraq after the 2003 US -led invasion deposed a regime headed by minority Sunni Muslims under dictator Saddam Hussein.
Then-Defense Secretary James Mattis offered his resignation after the president made his decision and, last month, a vast majority of Senate Republicans rebuked Trump's rationale for withdrawing USA troops when, in a vote, they backed a resolution that declared ISIS' presence and activity in both countries continue to pose a serious threat to the United States.
However, he said "Now, that doesn't mean we're not going to be watching with intelligence".
"All I want to do is be able to watch", Trump told "Face the Nation" anchor Margaret Brennan.
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"All I want to do is watch [Iran]". The footage showed armored vehicles with PMF green flags blocking a road as armed men in military uniform, claimed to be USA troops, passed by.
"I'm not sure you can watch Iran from inside Iraq", he said on CNN's "At This Hour".
According to NPR, Trump's comments also sparked the ire of Iraq's main militias, who said they could push for a vote in parliament to kick out US troops. It is something Mr Trump referred to when he visited the base in December.
Since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, navigating Washington's relationship with Baghdad has proved a delicate balancing act for diplomats and policymakers.
"We are expecting the United States to respect our mutual interests and avoid pushing Iraq into a regional conflict", he said.
Trump's latest statements further dismayed even strong supporters of an active American presence in the country.
"There is no US base in Iraq", he said. "They're exhausted. Everybody's exhausted". He alleged PMF fighters stopped the survey operation after USA troops reached the Presidential Palace area near the Mosul Hotel where a PMF headquarter is based. Many of those senators have approached Trump's foreign policy with caution, expressing criticism dealing with stylistic rather than substantive matters.
Iraq is in a hard position as tensions between its two biggest allies, the United States and Iran, increase.
And, he said if al Qaeda and other terrorist groups grew in strength, US forces would return to the region.