Trump defends chaotic Syria pullout saying it was ‘no surprise’ – and warns ISIS if it hits the U.S. they are ‘doomed!’ – just hours after claiming the terrorists had already been defeated
- The president suddenly announced the pullout Wednesday on Twitter
- He also touted it in a video from the White House
- On Thursday he said the decision was ‘no surprise’ and cited campaign pledges
- Said the US was getting ‘NOTHING’ and spending ‘precious lives’
- Warned if ISIS hits the U.S. they are ‘doomed!’
- Lawmakers and senior military leaders cite strategic reasons to keep a presence and say Trump is wrong to claim ISIS is defeated
- Trump pointed to Russia, Iran, and Turkey after complaints the U.S. was leaving rivals in control
Trump issued the warning just hours after proclaiming ‘we have defeated ISIS in Syria.’ He also said Russian, Iranian, and Turkish forces who remain would continue to battle ISIS. Despite the president’s claim the military assesses thousands of ISIS fighters remain.
In a barrage of tweets Trump also said the U.S. was getting ‘NOTHING’ out of being in Syria, where last year the president ordered air strikes to respond to President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons.
The president’s pushback against critics comes after members of his own party blasted the sudden announcement he made Wednesday morning, disputed his claims that the U.S. had defeated ISIS, and warned regional powers Russia, Iran, and Turkey stood to gain at U.S. expense.
‘Getting out of Syria was no surprise. I’ve been campaigning on it for years, and six months ago, when I very publicly wanted to do it, I agreed to stay longer,’ Trump wrote.