President Trump Pledges Withdrawal From Syria, As Republicans Revolt

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Syrian Kurds gather around a US armoured vehicle during a demonstration against Turkish threats next to a base for the US-led international coalition on the outskirts of Ras al-Ain town in Syria's Hasakeh province near the Turkish border on October 6, 2019.  (DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

President Trump today defended his decision to remove US troops from the Syria-Turkey border. He’s been facing criticism from fellow Republicans, who say they were blindsided by the decision. The move clears the way for Turkey’s plan to mount a military offensive against the U.S.-allied Kurds in Syria. Even Trump allies, like Lindsey Graham, say that the U.S. is betraying the Kurds. Over Twitter, the president promised that the U.S. had not abandoned the Kurds and also threatened to destroy Turkey’s economy should Turkey attack the group. But Turkey’s vice president said today that his country would “not react to threats," and an attack may be imminent. We'll discuss the latest developments.


Amanda Sloat, Robert Bosch Senior Fellow, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings Institution

Nabih Bulos, Middle East correspondent, Los Angeles Times