Trump Gets An Earful From GOP Allies Over His Latest Move In Syria

on November 14, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) listens to President Donald Trump make an announcement regarding the "First Step Act", prison reform bill, at the White House on November 14, 2018. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Some of President Donald Trump’s staunchest allies aren’t on board with the White House’s abrupt Sunday night announcement that U.S. troops will begin withdrawing from Turkey’s border in northeastern Syria.

According to the New York Times, Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters — who have been instrumental in the U.S. fight against the Islamic State — in northeast Syria goes against senior leaders’ advice in his administration. The State Department and the Pentagon have advocated for a small presence in the region to fight ISIS, according to the Times.

In a statement Monday obtained by the Associated Press, Syrian Kurdish fighters accused Washington of abandoning them.

Trump defended the move Monday morning in a series of tweets:

Trump’s unprecedented move sparked backlash Monday morning from his closest allies.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a Monday afternoon statement that the move “would only benefit Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime.”

“Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade called the move a “disaster.”

“The reason our casualties were so low is because the Kurds did all the fighting,” Kilmeade said. “Now we’re saying ‘Okay Turks, go wipe them out. Or force them out.’ What kind of message is that to the next ally that wants to side with us?”

Watch Kilmeade’s reaction below:

Trump’s closest allies in Congress also issued choice words in reaction to the move:

On Monday afternoon, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) joined the GOP opposition to the Syria pullout in a joint statement with Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT).

Some of Trump’s former Cabinet members joined in on the criticism as well, such as former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and former ISIS envoy Brett McGurk:

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Notable Replies

  1. Don’t worry Republicans, he’s just joking! The guy is a famous kidder!! I mean, isn’t that what you tell us?

  2. This is not an isolated “disaster,” the Trump administration has been a disaster from Day One. F_ckin’ mess continues contrary to U.S. interests.

  3. I’d like to see the transcript of his surrender call to Erdogan.

  4. I smell the stink of Stephen Miller in the air.

    I’d lay money on that evil little weasel being behind this.

    (How on earth are we ever going to make it up to these people and others…?? I shudder to think.)

    How much you wanna bet it was a conference call with Uncle Pootie listening in??

  5. Strongly disagree with @POTUS Trump decision to allow Erdogan to invade Syria. Betrays Kurds, strengthens ISIS and endangers American homeland. - Rep Pete King via Twitter

    Dear Trump’s Thugs-R-US-PARTY
    Betray is the operative word here…
    Backstabbing is second nature to him next to his MYTHOMANIA!
    Trump has no loyalty to you unless it affects/benefits him!

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