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White House urges team not to use "timeline" for troop withdrawal

James Mattis looks at President Trump, who is speaking
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis listens to President Donald Trump speak. Photo: Chris Kleponis-Pool / Getty Images

"Wary of charges of hypocrisy ... after criticizing former President Obama for the same thing, the White House has ordered Trump's national security team not to speak of a 'timeline' for withdrawal" from Syria, AP's Matt Lee and Josh Lederman report:

Timing: "That's even after Trump made it clear to his top aides this week that he wants the pullout completed within five or six months."