President Donald J. Trump, joined by National Security Advisor John Bolton, speaks on the phone with Iraq Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi on Dec. 26, 2018, during his visit to Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead)

Trump’s National Security Advisor: ‘The ISIS Threat Will Remain’

The president’s top national security adviser said Sunday that the threat of ISIS still remains and could undergo a resurgence, despite Donald Trump’s declaration that U.S.-backed forces have retaken “100%” of the territory once claimed by ISIS in Syria.

“The ISIS threat will remain,” national security adviser John Bolton said on ABC News’ “This Week.” “But one reason that the President has committed to keeping an American presence in Iraq and small part of an observer force in Syria, is against the possibility that there would be a real resurgence of ISIS and we would then have the ability to deal with that if that arose.”

Less than two weeks ago, Trump declared that “100%” of the ISIS caliphate was liberated, surprising U.S. officials and regional allies leading the fight who said the battle isn’t over.

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