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Trump and Syria: Here’s a rundown of reactions to U.S. pulling troops from Syria

The United States began withdrawing troops from Syria’s border with Turkey. Here are all the Twitter reactions.

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during the Young Black Leadership Summit at the White House in Washington.
In this Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during the Young Black Leadership Summit at the White House in Washington. On Monday, Oct. 7 Judge Victor Marrero rejected Trump’s challenge to the release of his tax returns for a New York state criminal probe.
Carolyn Kaster, Associated Press

The United States began withdrawing troops from Syria’s border with Turkey Monday morning, and plenty of reactions surfaced on social media to the news.

What’s going on: President Trump said in a series of tweets Monday that the United States held too much of the responsibility for the region and its ongoing battle with the Islamic State, The Washington Post reported. He criticized European countries and slammed the Kurdish allies, who, he said, were “paid massive amounts of money and equipment” to fight.

  • “It is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home. WE WILL FIGHT WHERE IT IS TO OUR BENEFIT, AND ONLY FIGHT TO WIN,” he tweeted.

Trump issued a warning to Turkey: “As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!),” he tweeted.

  • “They must, with Europe and others, watch over the captured ISIS fighters and families,” Trump continued. “The U.S. has done far more than anyone could have ever expected, including the capture of 100% of the ISIS Caliphate. It is time now for others in the region, some of great wealth, to protect their own territory. THE USA IS GREAT!”

Reactions: A slew of reactions trickled in criticizing Trump and the White House for making the decision to withdraw from Syria.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement criticizing Trump’s decision. “A precipitous withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria would only benefit Russia, Iran and the Assad regime”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement, too.

“Once again, @realDonaldTrump is deserting an ally in a foolish attempt to appease a foreign strongman — this time betraying our Kurdish allies who have been instrumental partners in our mission to eradicate ISIS.”

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham made headlines for calling into Fox News to push back against the president, according to Newsweek. He also tweeted his criticisms.

“The most probable outcome of this impulsive decision is to ensure Iran’s domination of Syria,” Graham wrote on Twitter. “The U.S. now has no leverage and Syria will eventually become a nightmare for Israel.” He also lamented the fate of the Kurds, a group which has been backed by the U.S. in its fight against ISIS. However, the Kurds have also long been in conflict with Turkey, which the U.S. will now allow to move in militarily.

Utah Sen. Mitt Romney and Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy issued a bipartisan statement on Trump’s move.

“Barring a reversal of this decision, the administration must come before Congress and explain how betraying an ally and ceding influence to terrorists and adversaries is not disastrous for our national security interests.”

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin released a statement:

Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro criticized the move, too.

California Rep. Adam Schiff slammed Trump’s decision, too.

“The President’s Syria announcement is, like much of his foreign policy, impulsive and dangerous,” he wrote. “This decision endangers U.S. forces, Kurdish partners, allied forces, and hard-won gains against ISIS. It will hearten our adversaries and undermine the confidence of our allies.”

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio wasn’t excited over the decision, either.

This story will be updated.