CNN has learned that the US military has been working on plans to send dozens of additional US troops to northern Syria, according to several US defense and administration officials. The officials say the plans have been under discussion for several days and were first considered before President Donald Trump’s remarks last Thursday that the US would “be coming out of Syria like very soon.”

CNN previously reported that Trump’s remarks puzzled many at the Pentagon. A National Security Council meeting is set for Tuesday to discuss the administration’s plan for battling ISIS in Syria and the some 2,000 US troops in the war-torn country.

It’s not clear how the President’s remarks could affect the chances of the plan to send additional troops getting final approval. Sources say they would focus on providing force protection for US forces already in the country.