Donald Trump has been defending his decision to withdraw all US troops from Syria, and end an air campaign against ISIS.
After historic victories against ISIS, it’s time to bring our great young people home! pic.twitter.com/xoNjFzQFTp
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2018
US Department of Defense resignations continue..
US envoy for anti-ISIS coalition McGurk resigns: reports
Brett McGurk, the top US envoy in ISIL fight, quits over Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria, US media report
One day before, Jim Mattis, Defense Secretary, Resigns in Rebuke of Trump’s Worldview
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whose experience and stability were widely seen as a balance to an unpredictable president, resigned Thursday in protest of President Trump’s decision to withdraw American forces from Syria and his rejection of international alliances.
Mattis had repeatedly told friends and aides over recent months that he viewed his responsibility to protect the United States’ 1.3 million active-duty troops as worth the concessions necessary as defense secretary to a mercurial president. But on Thursday, in an extraordinary rebuke of the president, he decided that Trump’s decision to withdraw roughly 2,000 American troops from Syria was a step too far.