President Trump announced his plans to pull US troops from Syria on Wednesday. In a video posted to Twitter, Trump said the US has defeated the Islamic State. Trump plans to pull troops from the region.
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
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), called the president’s statements ‘fake news’ “To those who say ‘we have defeated ISIS in Syria,’ that is an inaccurate statement”
Graham called on Congress to hold hearings on the president’s decision on Friday.
It is imperative Congress hold hearings on withdrawal decision in Syria — and potentially Afghanistan — to understand implications to our national security.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) December 21, 2018
On the other hand, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) thanked the president for his decision, “Today, President Trump announced that we have won the war against ISIS in Syria. Our troops are coming home. Thank you, Mr. President.” Paul continued “The Syrian Civil War is largely over, but Syria’s a mess and desperately needs reconstruction.” Paul has been a longtime proponent of the president’s America-First agenda.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 19, 2018
The continuation of the US fight in Syria may not be worth it any longer. According to a Pentagon report, ISIS holds only one percent of its once-controlled territory in Syria. According to the report, US troops trained local forces and helped clean up the remnants of war.
According to a Pentagon Spokesperson, “The coalition has liberated the ISIS-held territory, but the campaign against ISIS is not over. We have started the process of returning U.S. troops home from Syria as we transition to the next phase of the campaign. For force protection and operational security reasons we will not provide further details. We will continue working with out partners and allies to defeat ISIS wherever it operates.”