Neocons and Never Trumpers Pile on President Trump Over His Removal of Troops in Syria
President Donald Trump was put into the Oval Office in 2016 to enact an “America First” agenda, which meant bringing troops home from foreign conflicts and an end to the costly U.S. role as world policeman.
For living up to his mandate, President Trump is getting lambasted by neoconservatives and “Never Trumpers” who are angry that Trump is moving toward peace abroad.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a neocon warmonger who is generally supportive of Trump, was among the first to bash the President’s decision to remove troops from Northern Syria and cede remaining ISIS prisoners-of-war to Turkey.
“The biggest lie being told by the administration is that ISIS has been defeated,” Graham said, accusing the President of being a liar during an appearance on “Fox and Friends” Monday morning. “To say to the American people that ISIS is defeated is just not true.”
Graham also whined in a Twitter post about the U.S. supposedly abandoning the Kurds, a Muslim socialist fighting force that was apart of the coalition to defeat ISIS in Syria.
* Turkey does not have the capability to keep ISIS from re-emerging and their primary target is the Kurds – not ISIS.
* It would be unwise to believe otherwise.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 7, 2019
Trump-hating Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) also expressed his anger with the President for his decision to move toward peace in the Middle East.
“He needs to know that this bad decision will likely result in the slaughter of allies who fought with us, including women and children. I hope the President will listen to his generals and reconsider. And before Turkey butchers innocent Kurds, Erdogan should carefully consider his privileged status as a NATO member. The American people don’t partner with genocidal regimes,” Sasse said in a statement.
Sen. “Little” Marco Rubio (R-FL), who was once one of Trump’s most vicious primary for President in 2016, took a shot at the commander-in-chief as well. He called Trump’s move a “grave mistake that will have implications far beyond Syria.”
“It would confirm [Iran’s] view of this administration & embolden them to escalate hostile attacks which in turn could trigger much broader & more dangerous regional war,” Rubio added.
The ultimate loser, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), didn’t miss this opportunity to bash President Trump, the man who he envies for accomplishing what he never could.
“The President’s decision to abandon our Kurd allies in the face of an assault by Turkey is a betrayal. It says that America is an unreliable ally; it facilitates ISIS resurgence; and it presages another humanitarian disaster,” Romney wrote in a Tweet.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), a neocon whose father Dick was the architect of the Iraq War while serving as Vice President, also criticized the President’s decision.
“This decision ignores lesson of 9/11. Terrorists thousands of miles away can and will use their safe-havens to launch attacks against America,” Cheney wrote in a Tweet.
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), who worked for Mitt Romney on his failed presidential campaign before being thrust into the U.S. House with establishment money, also condemned the President’s actions.
“Not only will this decision further destabilize the region, it will make it more difficult for the U.S. to recruit allies & partners to defeat terrorist groups like ISIS,” she said.
Despite all of the criticism from the neocons and Never Trumpers, the President remains undaunted in his resolve. He has issued many tweets throughout the day defending his controversial decision.
President Trump stands by his move to remove troops from Syria, as his mandate is to put America first, not to appease establishment career politicians in the Washington D.C. swamp.