"I think we're slowing things down in a smart way", the SC senator said.
"I don't want to be in Syria", Trump said on Wednesday, while adding that "I never said we're getting out tomorrow". "We are not talking about vast wealth" he added.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity to reporters in Rio de Janeiro as Netanyahu continues his state visit to Brazil, said the premier made the request during a recent phone call with Trump, after the U.S. leader announced plans to remove troops from the war-torn Arab country.
The announcement also had shocked lawmakers and American allies, including Kurds who have fought alongside the USA against the Islamic State group and face an expected assault by Turkey.
Graham says Trump is receptive to making a deal if it achieves his goal of securing the border.
Turkey considers the US-backed Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which now controls almost 30 percent of Syria, a terrorist group linked to fighting within its own borders.
A senior Republican U.S. senator said he emerged from a White House meeting with President Donald Trump on Sunday reassured that Trump is committed to defeating Islamic State even as he plans to withdraw American troops from Syria. The Kurdish fighters are pulling back across the Euphrates river, the Syrian government said.
Trump claimed Iran was suffering under renewed United States sanctions since he withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal with global powers- he spoke in the Cabinet Room of the White House with a movie-style poster promoting his sanctions laid before him on the conference table- but he did admit they remain a powerful presence in Syria.
"Slow this down. Make sure we get it right".
"They can do what they want there, frankly", Trump said of Iran's presence in Syria. "I'm getting out, we're getting out of Syria-look, we don't want Syria".
"And, at the end of the day, if we leave the Kurds and abandon them and they get slaughtered, who's going to help you in the future?" he said.
Much of the criticism surrounding the President's decision to withdraw troops from Syria - a move he frequently mentioned both on the campaign trail and in office - has been tied to the possibility that a lack of United States troops could allow ISIS to regain some of its strength in the region. "We will continue the same way as before this decision was made", Pompeo said.
Trump said the slower planned withdrawal was motivated in part by the desire to protect the US-backed Kurdish fighters in the country as Washington draws down troops.
The United States has about 2,000 troops - a lot of them special forces - deployed in northern Syria to fight IS and reinforce anti-jihadist forces. It prompted Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to step down, and the US envoy to the coalition fighting Islamic State militants resigned in protest. That proposal would likely anger North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey, where Tump's national security adviser, John Bolton, will hold talks this week.