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DONALD TRUMPPublished 1 hour ago
Trump defends decision to withdraw troops from Syria amid GOP criticism
Andrew O'ReillyBy Andrew O'Reilly | Fox News

President Trump vigorously defended on Monday his decision to withdraw United States troops from northern Syria ahead of a planned invasion of the region by Turkey, even as his Republican allies in both the Senate and House vehemently criticized the move.

In his first public comments since news broke early Monday of the troop withdrawal, Trump said he understood the concerns raised by his fellow Republicans, but added that it was time to fulfill his campaign promise to bring the troops home.

“We want to bring our troops back home and I got elected on that,” Trump said during a news conference Monday. “I fully understand both sides but I promised to bring our troops home.”

He added, “We're not a police force.”

Separately, a U.S. official told Fox News the U.S. military no longer will allow Turkish flights in Syria along the border with coalition aircraft and no longer will share intelligence from drone feeds in the region with President Recep Tayyip Ergodan's forces.

The GOP lawmakers, who have stood lockstep with the president on almost every other issue, have expressed concern that the withdrawal could lead to the genocide of the U.S.’s Kurdish allies and a return to power of the Islamic State in the region.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged Trump to reconsider his “precipitous withdrawal” of U.S. troops from Syria, arguing that ISIS and other terrorist organizations “remain dangerous forces in Syria and the ongoing Syrian civil war poses significant security and humanitarian risk.”

McConnell, R-Ky., continued, “I urge the President to exercise American leadership to keep together our multinational coalition to defeat ISIS and prevent significant conflict between our NATO ally Turkey and our local Syrian counterterrorism partners.”

The response by Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming was not as measured as McConnell’s.

“Withdrawing U.S. forces from northern Syria is a catastrophic mistake that puts our gains against ISIS at risk and threatens America’s national security,” the House Republican Conference chairwoman said in a statement, referencing the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. “Pulling out of northern Syria ignores that painful lesson, represents an abandonment of our Kurdish allies despite their vital contributions to the fight against ISIS, emboldens Iran and serves as an undeserved gift to the Ergodan regime, which has only continued its steady march toward Moscow.”

Trump vociferously defended his decision in a long series of tweets on Monday, saying the ISIS “Caliphate” has been defeated and lamenting that the U.S. was in the region years longer than planned. Reprising the rhetoric on foreign wars he has often used on the campaign trail, he described the fight as a regional conflict for Turkey and other countries to wage -- not America's problem.

“The United States was supposed to be in Syria for 30 days, that was many years ago. We stayed and got deeper and deeper into battle with no aim in sight. When I arrived in Washington, ISIS was running rampant in the area. We quickly defeated 100% of the ISIS Caliphate,” he tweeted.

Trump added in another tweet that if Erdogan's government did anything that “I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits,” the U.S. would “totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey.”

The president’s reassurances aside, the White House’s move to withdraw troops and effectively green-light the Turkish invasion has been opposed even by some of Trump’s staunchest allies in Congress.

Speaking on “Fox & Friends” Monday morning, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called it an “impulsive decision” by Trump that would undo U.S. gains in the region and give ISIS fighters a “second lease on life.”

He tweeted: “If press reports are accurate this is a disaster in the making.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who has had a mixed relationship with the president ever since the 2016 election, went on a tweetstorm himself on Monday in which he lambasted the decision and said it would be “disgraceful” to abandon the Kurds.

“It would also be DISGRACEFUL if we sat idly by while Turkey slaughters the Kurds, as public reports suggest that Turkish leader Erdogan explicitly told President Trump he intends to do. Kurds risked their lives—for many years—to fight alongside us,” Cruz tweeted.

Hours after the White House announcement, Kurdish-led forces in Syria reported that American troops had started withdrawing from areas along Turkey's border. A video posted by a Kurdish news agency showed a convoy of U.S. armored vehicles apparently heading away from the border area of Tal Abyad.

The decision to give Ankara the green light was seen by the Kurdish fighters as a major shift in U.S. policy. Over 11,000 mostly Kurdish fighters in the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been killed fighting ISIS in Syria.

Along with congressional Republicans, the withdrawal of U.S. troops has been staunchly criticized by current and former government and military officials, with former ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley calling it “a big mistake.”

“We must always have the backs of our allies, if we expect them to have our back,” Haley tweeted. “The Kurds were instrumental in our successful fight against ISIS in Syria. Leaving them to die is a big mistake.”

One U.S. commander who helped lead the anti-ISIS effort told Fox News the decision amounted to a propaganda victory for China and Russia, saying those countries could tell would-be U.S. partners that America will abandon them.


“No one will ever partner with us again,” the commander said.

As for Turkey's intentions with the Kurds, the senior military officer said: “They are going to slaughter those cats.”

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Everyone wants to partner with the good ole USA as long as it's 80% us and 20% them.
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Turkey is a NATO country.
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All of those who oppose getting out of there should be given a rifle and some ammo and sent right straight over. Hopefully they'll find a way to fix everything in just a few more decades.

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They are, but it doesn't mean they always have our best interests in mind. In the invasion of Iraq, they closed their airspace to us for a bit, and then refused to allow us to stage from there.
Turkey opens airspace but blocks airbases

I am a bit torn on this, on one hand I feel it is time to remove our guys from there, but the fact that we, again, are leaving the Kurds high and dry doesn't sit well with me. If we keep leaving those that support us in those regions in a lurch, we will soon find out they will no longer support us in the future.

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They are, but it doesn't mean they always have our best interests in mind. In the invasion of Iraq, they closed their airspace to us for a bit, and then refused to allow us to stage from there.
Turkey opens airspace but blocks airbases

I am a bit torn on this, on one hand I feel it is time to remove our guys from there, but the fact that we, again, are leaving the Kurds high and dry doesn't sit well with me. If we keep leaving those that support us in those regions in a lurch, we will soon find out they will no longer support us in the future.
After Turkey gets done with the Kurds , they wont be any left to support us . Its one of those situations that your dam-d if you do and dam-d if you dont .
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They are, but it doesn't mean they always have our best interests in mind. In the invasion of Iraq, they closed their airspace to us for a bit, and then refused to allow us to stage from there.
Turkey opens airspace but blocks airbases

I am a bit torn on this, on one hand I feel it is time to remove our guys from there, but the fact that we, again, are leaving the Kurds high and dry doesn't sit well with me. If we keep leaving those that support us in those regions in a lurch, we will soon find out they will no longer support us in the future.
You were in the middle of that once soldier. You know what your talking about. The UN and NATO are now
lame ducks anymore anyway. We had to deal with them also, and train they're pilots how to land on a flight deck. That took a Carrier group and its task force out of its usefulness for several months. Omega, they
were just butt stupid.

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Maybe it's just a military strategy to make ISSIS think that we are leaving? Maybe he is letting the media set the stage for when he lets the cat out of the bag. My guess is that he has his poker face on and a card up his sleeve that he isn't going to reveal until it's all on the table! And then maybe he wants our troops out of harm's way before he pulls that card out of his sleeve. Time will tell but my bet is that DT is NOT waving a white flag!
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Maybe it's just a military strategy to make ISSIS think that we are leaving? Maybe he is letting the media set the stage for when he lets the cat out of the bag. My guess is that he has his poker face on and a card up his sleeve that he isn't going to reveal until it's all on the table! And then maybe he wants our troops out of harm's way before he pulls that card out of his sleeve. Time will tell but my bet is that DT is NOT waving a white flag!
I respectfully disagree , I think Trump is truly sick & tired of writing condolence letters to families of soldiers K.I.A. , I believe he wants to wash his hands of the Middle East entirely . The wild card is Israel and when or if they get involved .
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I respectfully disagree , I think Trump is truly sick & tired of writing condolence letters to families of soldiers K.I.A. , I believe he wants to wash his hands of the Middle East entirely . The wild card is Israel and when or if they get involved .
You could be spot on! I also agree with that thinking. I have 7 grandsons and I would be honored if any of them chose to defend our country. However I have often wondered how getting in the middle of a Muslim pissing contest was considered defending our country?

Israel is another story...we must defend them at all costs.
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