Ahead of the summit, Trump’s national security team has been battling internally over a proposed deal that Trump discussed with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Washington last month. It would fulfill Trump’s wish to withdraw most U.S. troops from Syria “very soon ” while endorsing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s and Russia’s brutal takeover of southern Syria, a direct violation of Putin’s last deal with the Trump administration.

Russia, in turn, would promise to limit the Iranian presence near Syria’s borders with Jordan and Israel. The deal would also encourage the U.S.-backed, mostly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces to work with Assad and Russia as Trump removes the 2,200 U.S. troops in Syria’s northeast. Jordan and Israel seem to be on board. But inside Trump’s team, there’s a split…

Military officials worry the deal would leave the fight against the Islamic State unfinished, allowing their resurgence in a repeat of what happened after President Barack Obama withdrew U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011. Lt. Gen. Michael Nagata, a top official at the National Counterterrorism Center, said this week that the Islamic State remains in Iraq and Syria and the fight is not over.