US troops "securing oil" in Northeast Syria | Early November of 2019

“We want to bring our soldiers home. But we did leave soldiers because we’re keeping the oil,” said Trump, before adding, “I like oil. We’re keeping the oil.”

Trump has a long history of calling for the U.S. to "take the oil" in the Middle East, in Iraq and Syria in particular. But any oil in both countries belongs to their governments, and according to U.S. law and treaties it has ratified, seizing it would be pillaging, a technical term for theft during wartime that is illegal under U.S. and international law.