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.
The United States was supposed to be in Syria for 30 days, that was many years ago. We stayed and got deeper and deeper into battle with no aim in sight. When I arrived in Washington, ISIS was running rampant in the area. We quickly defeated 100% of the ISIS Caliphate,.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
.....again said “NO,” thinking, as usual, that the U.S. is always the “sucker,” on NATO, on Trade, on everything. The Kurds fought with us, but were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so. They have been fighting Turkey for decades. I held off this fight for....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
...figure the situation out, and what they want to do with the captured ISIS fighters in their “neighborhood.” They all hate ISIS, have been enemies for years. We are 7000 miles away and will crush ISIS again if they come anywhere near us!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
- “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”
NEW: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell criticizes Pres. Trump's Syria announcement, continuing a day of pushback from the president's own party. https://t.co/mnULsqHbYx pic.twitter.com/a63Ko6S3WR— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 7, 2019
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.”
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. https://t.co/Bfa1MzxxCU— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) October 7, 2019
“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.
By abandoning the Kurds we have sent the most dangerous signal possible – America is an unreliable ally and it’s just a matter of time before China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea act out in dangerous ways.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 7, 2019
“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.”
This President’s decision to abandon our Kurdish allies in Northern Syria is ultimately a victory for Assad, Russia, Iran, and ISIS. The Administration must immediately reconsider withdrawing the few remaining U.S. troops who are playing a vital peacekeeping role.— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) October 7, 2019
Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin released a statement:
Kurdish fighters have done a tremendous job in preventing ISIS from gaining control and even still, ISIS is not gone. Abandoning our commitment to our allies not only diminishes our credibility but it opens up a window for an ISIS resurgence.— Senator Ben Cardin (@SenatorCardin) October 7, 2019
Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro criticized the move, too.
Trump's erratic "foreign policy" in Syria:— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) October 7, 2019
- cozy up to authoritarian leaders;
- betray our Kurdish allies (who fought ISIS with the U.S.);
- take away Kurdish defenses, promise to protect them;
- leave the Kurds out to dry.
America's word used to mean something.
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.”
The President's Syria announcement is, like much of his foreign policy, impulsive and dangerous.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) October 7, 2019
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. https://t.co/pK8okpQ26z
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio wasn’t excited over the decision, either.
If reports about US retreat in #Syria are accurate, the Trump administration has made a grave mistake that will have implications far beyond Syria.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 7, 2019
It would confirm #Iran’s view of this administration & embolden then to escalate hostile attacks which in turn could trigger much broader & more dangerous regional war.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 7, 2019
This story will be updated.