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Trump Now Says ISIS ‘Largely Defeated,’ Days After Declaring Terrorist Group Had Lost

President Trump said Saturday morning that ISIS has been “largely” defeated, changing his tone after days of sharp criticism, including from prominent Republican allies of the president, over a prior claim that “we have defeated ISIS in Syria.” The change in his stance was included in a series on late morning Tweets about the government shutdown, border security and Syria. The president said he is “in the White House, working hard” trying to end the latest government shutdown of his young presidency. It’s a shutdown he originally said he would proudly take full credit for, only to now blame Democrats for the impasse over border wall funding. “News reports concerning the Shutdown and Syria are mostly FAKE,” Trump posted, without specifying what stories he was challenging. “We are negotiating with the Democrats on desperately needed Border Security (Gangs, Drugs, Human Trafficking & more) but it could be a long stay.” The president also wrote on Twitter, “On Syria, we were originally...going to be there for three months, and that was seven years ago—we never left. When I became President, ISIS was going wild. Now ISIS is largely defeated and other local countries, including Turkey, should be able to easily take care of whatever remains. We’re coming home!”