Republicans vent rage: That's a lie, Mr. President, after Trump claims ISIS defeated in Syria
President Donald Trump claimed this morning that the U.S. would be pulling troops out of Syria because it has defeated ISIS there.
"We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency," he tweeted.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also confirmed the move in a statement.
Shortly afterwards it was revealed that the Pentagon didn't like the call by Trump and is pushing to stay there. Trump isn't listening.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham also hates the idea and is calling it an "Obama-like mistake." He says ISIS isn't defeated in the region. He says he should know, because he just got back from a visit there.
"If these media reports are true, it will be an Obama-like mistake made by the Trump Administration," Graham wrote in a statement. "While American patience in confronting radical Islam may wane, the radical Islamists’ passion to kill Americans and our allies never wavers."
“An American withdrawal at this time would be a big win for ISIS, Iran, Bashar al Assad of Syria, and Russia. I fear it will lead to devastating consequences for our nation, the region, and throughout the world,” Graham said further. “It will make it more difficult to recruit future partners willing to confront radical Islam. It will also be seen by Iran and other bad actors as a sign of American weakness in the efforts to contain Iranian expansion.”
Senator Marco Rubio is also protesting the move. Calls it a "grave error" by the President.
Another Republican Congressman is also disputing Trump's claim that ISIS has even been defeated. Adam Kinzinger is an Illinois Republican and Air Force veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said it's "simply not true."
Per the decision, all US State Department staff will be withdrawn from Syria within the next 24 hours in addition to the total withdraw of all troops.
Mouaz Moustafa from the Syrian Emergency Task Force says people at the State Department are also furious.
The removal of troops is a complete reversal of US policy in the region and it's being reported that now the US will be out of Syria it will give Russia and Iran more flexibility in the region, a major win for them.
While Trump claims ISIS has been defeated, the Defense Department inspector general report shows that there might be as many as 30,000 ISIS members still in the area.