nearvideo trump for the withdrawal of forces from Syria should not surprise anyone, a former senior White House national security official says
Former Deputy assistant to the President for strategic communication Michael Anton explained to Trump the decision.
President Trump hit back Thursday at sen. Lindsey Graham-who on most issues, a reliable White house allies. — after the hawks, South Carolina Republican, the President criticized the decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.
To believe “So hard that Lindsey Graham against saving soldier lives & billions of $$$. Why do we fight our enemy, Syria, to stay & to kill for you, Russia, Iran and other locals? Time, on our country and bring it back from the youth home, where you belong!” Trump tweeted Thursday.
The president’s comments come after Graham struck with his decision to remove 2,000 troops from Syria, calling the move “Obama-like.”
“My theory is, to come back, that pull of 2,200 in the North-East of Syria, is the boost ISIS’ ability,” Graham told Fox News on Wednesday. “But even more than that, the Kurds in Syria, who came forward when no one else will help us in the fight against ISIS fought bravely and died in large numbers, they feel abandoned.”
U.S. officials first revealed on Wednesday that the administration consider that all the American troops on the ground in Syria. The first U.S. troops to Syria in the year 2015, during the Obama administration as part of a partnership with the Kurdish forces against the ISIS. Several officials told Fox News on Wednesday that Pentagon officials are caught off-guard by the proposal of the White house.
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Graham and other congressional Republicans against the move is former President Barack Obama’s decision to withdrawal all U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011.
“The recent history of the wrought with the kind of results that happen when you Wake up just by leaps and bounds one day and decide that you are going to do something,” Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., reporters said. “I have never seen a decision like this, since I have been here 12 years—where nothing is notified in advance and all of a sudden this kind of massive decision.”
Corker said that “in many ways,” trump-the decision was said to be worse than Obama in 2011, move, that, “here we are in a situation where we are very close to the Euphrates valley up to the finishing, cleaning [ISIS].” Obama’s Iraq withdrawal is often the blame for creating a vacuum, which allows to contain ISIS, the foot in the region.
Early Thursday, the President stressed that his desire to have American troops back from Syria, “no surprise,” noting he has to advertise “on it for years.”
But not all Senate Republicans condemned the decision. Sen Rand Paul, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor Wednesday that he was “proud” of the President.
“Most of the voices here want to stay, everywhere, for all time, and you don’t believe that it does, unless you go somewhere and stay forever,” said Paul. “The President has the courage to say, ‘We have won in Syria, and we are coming home.’ The first President in my life really do.”
Fox News’ Adam Shaw, Samuel Chamberlain, Lucas Tomlinson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.