“Fox and Friends” host Brian Kilmeade unleashed rare criticism on President Trump Thursday morning over his decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria, calling the move “stunning and irresponsible.”
“In what I think is a stunning and irresponsible move yesterday, the President blindsided his secretary of defense, his national security adviser, people on the outside who have been advising him, including Gen. Jack Keane, as well as his State Department and decides he is going to immediately evacuate 2,000 troops and the State Department is already packing their bags. We are leaving Syria,” Kilmeade said, in a tone harsher than what’s usually portrayed by Trump’s favorite TV hosts.
“(It’s) totally irresponsible!” Kilmeade said, after receiving push-back for the critique from his fellow hosts. “Nobody thinks ISIS is defeated. Nobody who understands, who was born after 2,000, who sees what’s happened after 9/11, understands … ISIS is still there. They are still a factor. They are far from defeated.”
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Trump has been roundly criticized by his Republican colleagues in Congress for the decision, with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) even releasing a statement calling the move an “Obama-like mistake” that brings risks to U.S. national security.