Despite a Fox News report that President Donald Trump blindsided the Pentagon with his decision to pull U.S. troops from northeastern Syria, a senior administration official insisted on Monday that the Defense Department's top leaders were in the loop.

"I don't know who would be blindsided at the Pentagon," the official said on condition of anonymity during a conference call organized by the White House. "That surprises me that anyone would say that because this is something that was discussed among senior leadership here at the White House, the State Department, and the Pentagon. So, I don't know how anyone could be blindsided."

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