Trump targets deal with US energy companies for Syrian oil

US President Donald Trump has revealed his intention to make a deal with ExxonMobil or other American energy companies to capitalise on Syria’s oil reserves.

“What I intend to do, perhaps, is make a deal with an ExxonMobil or one of our great companies to go in there and do it properly…and spread out the wealth,” he said.

Trump made the comments on Sunday while announcing the death of Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdad following a US military raid in Syria. The POTUS has recently faced criticism for removing troops from the Syrian-Turkish border region.

“The oil is so valuable, for many reasons,” Trump continued. “It fueled ISIS, number one. Number two, it helps the Kurds – because it’s basically been taken away from the Kurds… And, number three, it can help us, because we should be able to take some also.”

Despite pulling US troops from Syria’s Northern regions, Trump has maintained a presence around the country’s oil reserves. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said this week that the US will send in troops to protect Syrian oil fields from ISIS militants.