President Donald Trump’s repeated comments on Twitter that he has no idea how many people have been killed during the conflict in Syria, including in his first tweets, were misleading, his aides said.
“Don’t have any idea,” Mr Trump wrote on Wednesday.
“You should ask me, as president.”
The president, who was elected in 2020, is the only sitting US president to have tweeted about the conflict during his first month in office.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Mr Trump called the Syrian conflict “the biggest & perhaps the most complex humanitarian crisis of our time”, and said “there is NO way we win without the Syrian people”.
Mr Trump also tweeted about his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.
“The Paris climate agreement will be dead & buried with the end of this administration,” he wrote on Twitter.
“It will be a disaster.
But it is a great deal for the U.S. & the world.”
The White House declined to say whether Mr Trump had consulted with his aides about the tweets, saying only that he had not.
On Tuesday, Mr Pence had tweeted: “The President is clear on one thing: The Assad regime must go.”
Mr Trump’s tweets came after Mr Trump was criticised for using his Twitter account to attack the US’s intelligence agencies and say the US was “in the lead” in investigating the Syrian government.
“They said ‘Syria is the biggest problem in the world’ & so on & so forth.
Now I hear the Fake News Media say it all.
Mr Trump tweeted.
The White Senate has not responded to Mr Trump, who has said he is still trying to understand what his tweets mean.
“There is NO WAY we WIN without the Syrians.
The Russians are the real winners & will soon take over the world.
They are the greatest players on earth,” Mr Pence said on Thursday.