GOP Senators Graham and Rubio Bash Trump for Syria Withdrawal

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GOP Senators Graham and Rubio Bash Trump for Syria Withdrawal
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GOP Senators Graham and Rubio Bash Trump for Syria Withdrawal
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Earlier today, President Trump announced victory over ISIS in Syria, and his plans to withdrawal US troops from the country. Although the move seems in line with the president’s past statements concerning the conflict, the announcement didn’t go over too well with some neoconservatives in congress.  Both Senators Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio chose to attack the president today for his decision.

Graham said President Trump was making an “Obama-like mistake” by withdrawing US troops too quickly from the country. However, it is unclear how long Senator Graham believes troops should remain on the ground in Syria. Considering Graham’s past support for toppling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, it’s likely the senator would support keeping troops on the ground indefinitely. US troops have already been on the ground in Syria for over four years.

Senator Marco Rubio went even further than Graham, going as far as calling the president’s withdrawal of US troops from Syria a “retreat.” Much like Graham, Rubio has also expressed support for toppling Syrian President Assad.  It’s worth noting that both Graham and Rubio still support the decision to invade Iraq, and continue to contend the US is safer as a result.

There were plenty of others supportive of the decision, including Senator Rand Paul. Paul has been highly critical of the strategy of the Global War on Terror, saying that military intervention should only be authorized through congress via specific declarations of war. Paul celebrated the president’s decision, saying this on Twitter earlier today:

There are currently about 2,000 US troops in Syria, and they are expected to be completely withdrawn in the next thirty days. The first ground attack by US troops in Syria was a hostage rescue operation that occurred in July of 2014. Here is US Press Secretary Sarah Sanders’ full statement about the withdrawal of US troops from Syria:

“Five years ago, ISIS was a very powerful and dangerous force in the Middle East, and now the United States has defeated the territorial caliphate. These victories over ISIS in Syria do not signal the end of the Global Coalition or its campaign. We have started returning United States troops home as we transition to the next phase of this campaign. The United States and our allies stand ready to re-engage at all levels to defend American interests whenever necessary, and we will continue to work together to deny radical Islamist terrorists territory, funding, support, and any means of infiltrating our borders.”

 

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