Pentagon, Not Happy. Putin, Happy: Trump Calls For Removal Of Troops From Syria | Deadline | MSNBC
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Pentagon, Not Happy. Putin, Happy: Trump Calls For Removal Of Troops From Syria | Deadline | MSNBC


“DEADLINE WHITE HOUSE” WITH NICOLLE WALLACE STARTS RIGHT NICOLLE WALLACE STARTS RIGHT NOW. NOW.>>>HI, EVERYONE.>>>HI, EVERYONE. IT’S 4:00 IN NEW YORK. IT’S 4:00 IN NEW YORK. DONALD TRUMP TODAY DEFYING THE DONALD TRUMP TODAY DEFYING THE ADVICE OF HIS TOP MILITARY ADVICE OF HIS TOP MILITARY ADVISERS AND ORDERING A COMPLETE ADVISERS AND ORDERING A COMPLETE WITHDRAWAL OF U.S. TROOPS FROM WITHDRAWAL OF U.S. TROOPS FROM SYRIA CREATING A POWER VACUUM SYRIA CREATING A POWER VACUUM LIKELY TO BE FILLED BY RUSSIA, LIKELY TO BE FILLED BY RUSSIA, IN A PART OF THE WORLD DECIDEDLY IN A PART OF THE WORLD DECIDEDLY ZERO-SUM. ZERO-SUM. IT WILL CHEER ISIS, MOSCOW AND IT WILL CHEER ISIS, MOSCOW AND IRAN. IRAN. IT’S A FACT NOT LOST ON THE IT’S A FACT NOT LOST ON THE PENTAGON WHICH LOBBIED THE PENTAGON WHICH LOBBIED THE PRESIDENT AS LATE AS WEDNESDAY PRESIDENT AS LATE AS WEDNESDAY NOT TO TAKE TODAY’S ACTION. NOT TO TAKE TODAY’S ACTION. IN A SERIES OF MEETINGS AND IN A SERIES OF MEETINGS AND CONFERENCE CALLS, DEFENSE CONFERENCE CALLS, DEFENSE SECRETARY JIM MATTIS AND OTHER SECRETARY JIM MATTIS AND OTHER SENIOR NATIONAL SECURITY SENIOR NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICIALS HAVE TRIED TO DISSUADE OFFICIALS HAVE TRIED TO DISSUADE MR. TRUMP FROM A WHOLESALE TROOP MR. TRUMP FROM A WHOLESALE TROOP WITHDRAWAL ARGUING THE WITHDRAWAL ARGUING THE SIGNIFICANT NATIONAL SECURITY SIGNIFICANT NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY SHIFT WOULD ESSENTIALLY POLICY SHIFT WOULD ESSENTIALLY CEDE FOREIGN INFLUENCE IN SYRIA CEDE FOREIGN INFLUENCE IN SYRIA TO RUSSIA AND IRAN AT A TIME TO RUSSIA AND IRAN AT A TIME WHEN AMERICAN POLICY CALLS FOR WHEN AMERICAN POLICY CALLS FOR CHALLENGING BOTH COUNTRIES. CHALLENGING BOTH COUNTRIES. THE TIMES ADDS, PENTAGON THE TIMES ADDS, PENTAGON OFFICIALS WHO HAD SOUGHT TO TALK OFFICIALS WHO HAD SOUGHT TO TALK THE PRESIDENT OUT OF THE THE PRESIDENT OUT OF THE DECISION AS LATE AS WEDNESDAY DECISION AS LATE AS WEDNESDAY MORNING ARGUED THAT SUCH A MOVE MORNING ARGUED THAT SUCH A MOVE WOULD BETRAY KURDISH ALLIES WHO WOULD BETRAY KURDISH ALLIES WHO HAVE FOUGHT ALONGSIDE AMERICAN HAVE FOUGHT ALONGSIDE AMERICAN TROOPS IN SYRIA AND WHO COULD TROOPS IN SYRIA AND WHO COULD FIND THEMSELVES UNDER ATTACK IN FIND THEMSELVES UNDER ATTACK IN A MILITARY OFFENSIVE. A MILITARY OFFENSIVE. IF YOU NEED ANY MORE PROOF THAT IF YOU NEED ANY MORE PROOF THAT TRUMP MADE TODAY’S DECISION TRUMP MADE TODAY’S DECISION UNILATERAL UNILATERAL UNILATERALLY, “THE WASHINGTON UNILATERALLY, “THE WASHINGTON POST” WRITES THIS. POST” WRITES THIS. THE DECISION SIGNALS A HALT TO THE DECISION SIGNALS A HALT TO AN EXTENDED AMERICAN GROUND AN EXTENDED AMERICAN GROUND CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE ISLAJ STATE CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE ISLAJ STATE AND UPENDS PLANS ACROSS THE U.S. AND UPENDS PLANS ACROSS THE U.S. GOVERNMENT ARTICULATED BY SENIOR GOVERNMENT ARTICULATED BY SENIOR OFFICIALS AS RECENTLY AS THIS OFFICIALS AS RECENTLY AS THIS WEEK. WEEK. FOR AN ONGOING MISSION TO FOR AN ONGOING MISSION TO STABILIZE AREAS ONCE CONTROLLED STABILIZE AREAS ONCE CONTROLLED BY THE MILITANTS. BY THE MILITANTS. BUT DONALD TRUMP DISAGREED. BUT DONALD TRUMP DISAGREED. THIS MORNING HE TWEETED THIS. THIS MORNING HE TWEETED THIS. WE’VE DEFEATED ISIS IN SYRIA. WE’VE DEFEATED ISIS IN SYRIA. MY ONLY REASON FOR BEING THERE MY ONLY REASON FOR BEING THERE DURING THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY. DURING THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY. THE WHIPLASH WAS BEST DESCRIBED THE WHIPLASH WAS BEST DESCRIBED BY JOSH ROGEN WHO WRITES FOR BY JOSH ROGEN WHO WRITES FOR “THE WASHINGTON POST,” ON A “THE WASHINGTON POST,” ON A PIECE ENTITLED TRUMP UNDERMINES PIECE ENTITLED TRUMP UNDERMINES HIS ENTIRE NATIONAL SECURITY HIS ENTIRE NATIONAL SECURITY TEAM. TEAM. ON MONDAY, THE U.S. SPECIAL ON MONDAY, THE U.S. SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR SYRIA REPRESENTATIVE FOR SYRIA ENGAGEMENT PUBLICLY PLEDGED THAT ENGAGEMENT PUBLICLY PLEDGED THAT THE U.S. COMMITMENT TO SYRIA THE U.S. COMMITMENT TO SYRIA WOULD NOT WAVER. WOULD NOT WAVER. THE VERY NEXT DAY, TRUMP THE VERY NEXT DAY, TRUMP REPORTEDLY DECIDED TO RAPIDLY REPORTEDLY DECIDED TO RAPIDLY WITHDRAW ALL U.S. TROOPS THERE. WITHDRAW ALL U.S. TROOPS THERE. AT LEAST ONE RUSSIA WATCHER SAYS AT LEAST ONE RUSSIA WATCHER SAYS TO LOOK FOR VLADIMIR PUTIN TO TO LOOK FOR VLADIMIR PUTIN TO TOUT TODAY’S NEWS IN HIS TOUT TODAY’S NEWS IN HIS YEAR-END PRESS CONFERENCE YEAR-END PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW. TOMORROW. A RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT A RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON HAS ALREADY PRAISED SPOKESPERSON HAS ALREADY PRAISED THE ORDER SAYING, QUOTE, THE THE ORDER SAYING, QUOTE, THE U.S. DECISION COULD RESULT IN U.S. DECISION COULD RESULT IN GENUINE, REAL PROSPECTS FOR A GENUINE, REAL PROSPECTS FOR A POLITICAL SETTLEMENT IN SYRIA. POLITICAL SETTLEMENT IN SYRIA. SO TO RECAP FOR EVERYBODY, SO TO RECAP FOR EVERYBODY, PENTAGON, NOT HAPPY. PENTAGON, NOT HAPPY. PUTIN, SO HAPPY. PUTIN, SO HAPPY. HERE TO BREAK DOWN ANOTHER HERE TO BREAK DOWN ANOTHER EXTRAORDINARY DAY OF NEWS, SOME EXTRAORDINARY DAY OF NEWS, SOME OF OUR FAVORITE REPORTERS AND OF OUR FAVORITE REPORTERS AND FRIENDS. FRIENDS. FROM “THE NEW YORK TIMES,” PETER FROM “THE NEW YORK TIMES,” PETER BAKER. BAKER. ALSO JOINING US, KEVIN BARRON, ALSO JOINING US, KEVIN BARRON, EXECUTIVE EDITOR OF DEFENSE ONE, EXECUTIVE EDITOR OF DEFENSE ONE, BARRY McCAFFREY, A FORMER BARRY McCAFFREY, A FORMER BATTLEFIELD COMMANDER IN THE BATTLEFIELD COMMANDER IN THE PERSIAN GOLF AND WITH US ON SET, PERSIAN GOLF AND WITH US ON SET, JASON JOHNSON, POLITICS EDITOR JASON JOHNSON, POLITICS EDITOR FOR THE ROOT. FOR THE ROOT. I HAVE TO START WITH YOU, I HAVE TO START WITH YOU, GENERAL McCAFFREY. GENERAL McCAFFREY. YOUR REACTION? YOUR REACTION?>>WELL, I THINK THE MOST>>WELL, I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT ASSERTION I’D PUT ON IMPORTANT ASSERTION I’D PUT ON THE TABLE IS THERE IS NO THE TABLE IS THERE IS NO NATIONAL SECURITY PROCESS IN THE NATIONAL SECURITY PROCESS IN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT. U.S. GOVERNMENT. WE ENDED UP WITH BOLTON AND THE WE ENDED UP WITH BOLTON AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT REP AND STATE DEPARTMENT REP AND PENTAGON AND CHAIRMAN OF THE JCS PENTAGON AND CHAIRMAN OF THE JCS AND OTHERS REASSURED THE AND OTHERS REASSURED THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY WE WOULD INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY WE WOULD NOT WITHDRAW. NOT WITHDRAW. AND IT’S CLEARLY GOOD NEWS FOR AND IT’S CLEARLY GOOD NEWS FOR THE IRANIANS, FOR HEZBOLLAH, FOR THE IRANIANS, FOR HEZBOLLAH, FOR THE RUSSIANS AND MOST THE RUSSIANS AND MOST IMPORTANTLY FOR ASSAD WHO WILL IMPORTANTLY FOR ASSAD WHO WILL NOW SEE A CHANCE TO FINISH THEM NOW SEE A CHANCE TO FINISH THEM OFF. OFF. IT LOOKS AS IF IT WAS COOKED UP IT LOOKS AS IF IT WAS COOKED UP ESSENTIALLY ONE ON ONE BETWEEN ESSENTIALLY ONE ON ONE BETWEEN ERDOGAN AND MR. TRUMP IN WHICH ERDOGAN AND MR. TRUMP IN WHICH HE SAYS, LOOK, THE TURKS ARE HE SAYS, LOOK, THE TURKS ARE BUYING A BUNCH OF OUR MILITARY BUYING A BUNCH OF OUR MILITARY EQUIPMENT AND HE CEDED THE EQUIPMENT AND HE CEDED THE BATTLEFIELD. BATTLEFIELD. THIS IS SPECULATION TO THE THIS IS SPECULATION TO THE TURKS. TURKS.>>GENERAL, WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF>>GENERAL, WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF ALL THE BACKGROUND NOISE? ALL THE BACKGROUND NOISE? JUST THIS WEEK, THE PRESIDENT’S JUST THIS WEEK, THE PRESIDENT’S FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER MIKE FLYNN HAD TWO OF HIS FORMER MIKE FLYNN HAD TWO OF HIS FORMER COLLEAGUES INDICTED FOR CRIMES COLLEAGUES INDICTED FOR CRIMES AROUND THEIR BUSINESS ACTIVITIES AROUND THEIR BUSINESS ACTIVITIES WITH THE TURKS. WITH THE TURKS. MIKE FLYNN HIMSELF WAS MIKE FLYNN HIMSELF WAS ESSENTIALLY PLANNING WHAT LOOKED ESSENTIALLY PLANNING WHAT LOOKED LIKE A RENDITION OF SOMEONE LIKE A RENDITION OF SOMEONE ERDOGAN WANTED. ERDOGAN WANTED. AND NOW THE PRESIDENT SEEMS TO AND NOW THE PRESIDENT SEEMS TO GO AGAINST THE ADVICE HE WAS GO AGAINST THE ADVICE HE WAS GIVEN BY SECRETARY MATTIS, BY GIVEN BY SECRETARY MATTIS, BY HIS MILITARY ADVISERS. HIS MILITARY ADVISERS. AND DOESN’T JUST GO AGAINST AND DOESN’T JUST GO AGAINST THEIR ADVICE. THEIR ADVICE. PULLS THE RUG OUT FROM UNDER PULLS THE RUG OUT FROM UNDER THEM. THEM. A LOT OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND A LOT OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND OTHERS SAYING THEY LEARNED ABOUT OTHERS SAYING THEY LEARNED ABOUT THIS IN THE NEWSPAPER. THIS IN THE NEWSPAPER.>>IT’S ALSO A LOT OF PUSHBACK>>IT’S ALSO A LOT OF PUSHBACK TO REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS, TO REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS, WHICH IS ENCOURAGING TO ME. WHICH IS ENCOURAGING TO ME. THE MIKE FLYNN THING IS ALMOST A THE MIKE FLYNN THING IS ALMOST A SEPARATE ISSUE. SEPARATE ISSUE. POOR MIKE FLYNN. POOR MIKE FLYNN. THE WHOLE IDEA OF RENDITIONS, THE WHOLE IDEA OF RENDITIONS, SNATCHING SOMEBODY IN THE UNITED SNATCHING SOMEBODY IN THE UNITED STATES AND POSSIBLY TURNING THEM STATES AND POSSIBLY TURNING THEM OVER WITH SUCH CRIMINAL INSANE OVER WITH SUCH CRIMINAL INSANE CONDUCT, IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE CONDUCT, IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE WHAT WAS GOING ON. WHAT WAS GOING ON. AND, BY THE WAY, OBAMA HAD FIRED AND, BY THE WAY, OBAMA HAD FIRED FLYNN FOR BEING A RADDIC WHILE FLYNN FOR BEING A RADDIC WHILE ON ACTIVE DUTY. ON ACTIVE DUTY. SO I THINK MIKE FLYNN IS SO I THINK MIKE FLYNN IS PROBABLY GOING TO END UP BEHIND PROBABLY GOING TO END UP BEHIND BARS AND IS A SEPARATE ISSUE. BARS AND IS A SEPARATE ISSUE. BACK TO THE ISSUE AT HAND, THE BACK TO THE ISSUE AT HAND, THE PROBLEM IS WE ARE RUNNING A PROBLEM IS WE ARE RUNNING A GLOBAL NATIONAL SECURITY FOREIGN GLOBAL NATIONAL SECURITY FOREIGN POLICY STRATEGY. POLICY STRATEGY. AND WHAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW, AND WHAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW, ESSENTIALLY, THE PRESIDENT AND ESSENTIALLY, THE PRESIDENT AND ALMOST SORT OF A ROGUE ALMOST SORT OF A ROGUE OPERATION, ACTUALLY WITHIN HIS OPERATION, ACTUALLY WITHIN HIS CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY MAKING CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY MAKING IMPULSIVE, UNILATERAL AND IMPULSIVE, UNILATERAL AND FREQUENTLY BAD JUDGMENTS. FREQUENTLY BAD JUDGMENTS. THAT’S THE ISSUE. THAT’S THE ISSUE.>>I WANTED TO ASK YOU ABOUT>>I WANTED TO ASK YOU ABOUT THAT, GENERAL. THAT, GENERAL. WE’VE SEEN THE PRESIDENT GO TO WE’VE SEEN THE PRESIDENT GO TO WAR, REALLY, A HOT WAR AGAINST WAR, REALLY, A HOT WAR AGAINST THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY UNDERMINING AND NOT ACCEPTING UNDERMINING AND NOT ACCEPTING THEIR ASSESSMENT AROUND THEIR ASSESSMENT AROUND KHASHOGGI, VERY FAMOUSLY NOW, KHASHOGGI, VERY FAMOUSLY NOW, UNDERMINING AND NOT ACCEPTING UNDERMINING AND NOT ACCEPTING THEIR ASSESSMENT AROUND RUSSIA. THEIR ASSESSMENT AROUND RUSSIA. HE’S BEEN AT WAR WITH THE LAW HE’S BEEN AT WAR WITH THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES SINCE DAY ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES SINCE DAY ONE. ONE. IT SEEMS WITH THE PLANNING OR IT SEEMS WITH THE PLANNING OR THE DESIRE TO HAVE THE MILITARY THE DESIRE TO HAVE THE MILITARY PARADE, THE DECISION TO SEND PARADE, THE DECISION TO SEND TROOPS TO THE BORDER AND THIS TROOPS TO THE BORDER AND THIS MOVE TODAY THAT HE’S ACCELERATED MOVE TODAY THAT HE’S ACCELERATED HIS CONFLICT WITH THE MILITARY, HIS CONFLICT WITH THE MILITARY, HOW IS THAT GOING OVER INSIDE HOW IS THAT GOING OVER INSIDE THE PENTAGON? THE PENTAGON?>>I WOULDN’T WANT TO SPEAK FOR>>I WOULDN’T WANT TO SPEAK FOR INSIDE THE PENTAGON. INSIDE THE PENTAGON. I THINK BASICALLY, YOU ENDED I THINK BASICALLY, YOU ENDED UP — THE PRIMARY NATIONAL UP — THE PRIMARY NATIONAL SECURITY PLAYERS ARE THE SECURITY PLAYERS ARE THE PENTAGON, CIA, STATE DEPARTMENT PENTAGON, CIA, STATE DEPARTMENT AND TREASURY. AND TREASURY. AND THEY ARE VERY PROFESSIONAL AND THEY ARE VERY PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE. PEOPLE. THEY ARE CAREER PEOPLE. THEY ARE CAREER PEOPLE. THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEY’RE THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEY’RE DOING. DOING. THEY HAVE SERIES OF EXPERIENCE. THEY HAVE SERIES OF EXPERIENCE. AND THEY ARE RUNNING INTO AN AND THEY ARE RUNNING INTO AN OPERATION IN THE WHITE HOUSE IN OPERATION IN THE WHITE HOUSE IN WHICH THE PRESIDENT REALLY WON’T WHICH THE PRESIDENT REALLY WON’T READ THEIR MATERIAL. READ THEIR MATERIAL. WON’T TAKE COMPLICATED WON’T TAKE COMPLICATED BRIEFINGS. BRIEFINGS. HAS NO BACKGROUND AND YET WILL HAS NO BACKGROUND AND YET WILL IMPULSIVELY MAKE A DECISION. IMPULSIVELY MAKE A DECISION. IT’S HARD TO KNOW WHERE ALL THIS IT’S HARD TO KNOW WHERE ALL THIS IS GOING TO GO BUT SO FAR IT’S IS GOING TO GO BUT SO FAR IT’S REBOUNDING TO OUR DISADVANTAGE REBOUNDING TO OUR DISADVANTAGE IN TERMS OF KEEPING THE AMERICAN IN TERMS OF KEEPING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAFER. PEOPLE SAFER. THERE’S STILL A COUPLE OF THERE’S STILL A COUPLE OF THOUSAND ISIS FIGHTERS IN SYRIA. THOUSAND ISIS FIGHTERS IN SYRIA. AND OUR KURDISH ALLIES WHO WE’RE AND OUR KURDISH ALLIES WHO WE’RE NOW GOING TO ABANDON. NOW GOING TO ABANDON. AND THAT’S ANOTHER MESSAGE TO AND THAT’S ANOTHER MESSAGE TO OUR ALLIES TO NOT TRUST US. OUR ALLIES TO NOT TRUST US. IT’S HARD TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HE IT’S HARD TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HE WAS THINKING EXCEPT PLACATING WAS THINKING EXCEPT PLACATING THE TURKS AND DOING SOMETHING THE TURKS AND DOING SOMETHING POSITIVE FOR THE RUSSIANS. POSITIVE FOR THE RUSSIANS. AND BY THE WAY, BENEFITING THE AND BY THE WAY, BENEFITING THE IRANIANS AND HEZBOLLAH IN THE IRANIANS AND HEZBOLLAH IN THE PROCESS ALSO. PROCESS ALSO.>>KEVIN BARRON, CAN YOU JUMP IN>>KEVIN BARRON, CAN YOU JUMP IN HERE, AND THE GENERAL HAS — HERE, AND THE GENERAL HAS — CHOOSES HIS WORDS VERY CAREFULLY CHOOSES HIS WORDS VERY CAREFULLY BUT THERE’S SOMETHING RINGING IN BUT THERE’S SOMETHING RINGING IN MY EARS. MY EARS. THE IMPULSIVITY OF THE COMMANDER THE IMPULSIVITY OF THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF. IN CHIEF. THE IMPULSIVITY AND ABSENCE OF A THE IMPULSIVITY AND ABSENCE OF A STRATEGY WITH AMERICAN NATIONAL STRATEGY WITH AMERICAN NATIONAL SECURITY. SECURITY. THOSE ARE THINGS YOU USUALLY THOSE ARE THINGS YOU USUALLY HEAR ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, NOT HEAR ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, NOT FROM SOMEONE WHO HAS ALREADY FROM SOMEONE WHO HAS ALREADY SORT OF ARRIVED AT THE POST OF SORT OF ARRIVED AT THE POST OF THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF. THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF. DO THOSE THINGS DISORIENT, DO THOSE THINGS DISORIENT, SCARE, FRIGHTEN, ALARM, OR ARE SCARE, FRIGHTEN, ALARM, OR ARE THEY IGNORED INSIDE THE THEY IGNORED INSIDE THE PENTAGON? PENTAGON?>>WE’RE TWO YEARS INTO THE>>WE’RE TWO YEARS INTO THE PRESIDENCY AND TWO NATIONAL PRESIDENCY AND TWO NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISERS INTO THE SECURITY ADVISERS INTO THE PRESIDENCY. PRESIDENCY. WE’VE ALREADY HEARD INSIDE THE WE’VE ALREADY HEARD INSIDE THE PENTAGON HOW THEY’VE ADOPTED TO PENTAGON HOW THEY’VE ADOPTED TO THE PRESIDENT. THE PRESIDENT. THEY EXPECT HIM TO MAKE THEY EXPECT HIM TO MAKE IMPULSIVE DECISIONS, AND WHEN IMPULSIVE DECISIONS, AND WHEN THEY DO, THEY TRY TO BE READY TO THEY DO, THEY TRY TO BE READY TO FEEL THEM. FEEL THEM. WE SHOULD LOOK AHEAD TO, WHAT’S WE SHOULD LOOK AHEAD TO, WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN? GOING TO HAPPEN? ARE ALL U.S. TROOPS GOING TO ARE ALL U.S. TROOPS GOING TO PULL OUT OF SYRIA? PULL OUT OF SYRIA? ALREADY WE’RE HEARING PROBABLY ALREADY WE’RE HEARING PROBABLY NOT. NOT. THAT’S NOT WHAT THE PENTAGON IS THAT’S NOT WHAT THE PENTAGON IS TRYING TO DO. TRYING TO DO. THAT MAY HAVE BEEN THE TWEET BUT THAT MAY HAVE BEEN THE TWEET BUT THERE WAS A BACKGROUND CALL AT THERE WAS A BACKGROUND CALL AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND THEY’RE ALL THE WHITE HOUSE AND THEY’RE ALL SAYING THE RIGHT VERY CAUTIOUS SAYING THE RIGHT VERY CAUTIOUS THINGS THAT THERE ALREADY WAS A THINGS THAT THERE ALREADY WAS A PLAN. PLAN. THE PRESIDENT HAS WANTED TO PULL THE PRESIDENT HAS WANTED TO PULL PEOPLE OUT. PEOPLE OUT. YOU KNOW, SOME PEOPLE THINK YOU YOU KNOW, SOME PEOPLE THINK YOU COULD LOWER THE TROOP LEVELS A COULD LOWER THE TROOP LEVELS A LITTLE IN THE NORTH AND THAT LITTLE IN THE NORTH AND THAT WOULD PLACATE SOME OF TURKEY’S WOULD PLACATE SOME OF TURKEY’S CONCERNS WHILE STILL ENSURING CONCERNS WHILE STILL ENSURING U.S. INTERESTS. U.S. INTERESTS. NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT PULLING NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT PULLING THE TROOPS WHERE THE REAL THE TROOPS WHERE THE REAL FIGHTING IS GOING ON IN SOUTHERN FIGHTING IS GOING ON IN SOUTHERN JAIR. JAIR. THOSE TROOPS DOWN THERE AND IN THOSE TROOPS DOWN THERE AND IN THE REST OF THE COUNTRY ARE THE REST OF THE COUNTRY ARE WHAT’S KEEPING THE LID ON ISIS. WHAT’S KEEPING THE LID ON ISIS. NOT JUST THE ACTIVE FIGHTERS BUT NOT JUST THE ACTIVE FIGHTERS BUT THE ONES THAT ARE — PEOPLE ARE THE ONES THAT ARE — PEOPLE ARE AFRAID WILL COME OUT OF THE AFRAID WILL COME OUT OF THE WOODWORK IN PLACES LIKE RAQQAH WOODWORK IN PLACES LIKE RAQQAH WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BE A HUGE WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BE A HUGE SUCCESS STORY. SUCCESS STORY. IT’S THE ONE AREA IN THE WORLD IT’S THE ONE AREA IN THE WORLD WHERE EVERYTHING HAS GONE RIGHT, WHERE EVERYTHING HAS GONE RIGHT, MEANING THE U.S. USED LOCAL MEANING THE U.S. USED LOCAL FORCES TO SECURE THE AREA FORCES TO SECURE THE AREA WITH — AT A VERY LOW COST TO WITH — AT A VERY LOW COST TO THE U.S., LOW COST TO U.S. THE U.S., LOW COST TO U.S. TROOPS, WITH A GREAT BENEFIT. TROOPS, WITH A GREAT BENEFIT. WOMEN IN CHARGE OF LEADING CIVIL WOMEN IN CHARGE OF LEADING CIVIL GOVERNANCE. GOVERNANCE. DEMOCRACY FLOURISHING AND READY DEMOCRACY FLOURISHING AND READY TO GO. TO GO. IF THE U.S. INTERNATIONAL IF THE U.S. INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY WILL SUPPORT IT. COMMUNITY WILL SUPPORT IT. IF THE PRESIDENT WILL SUPPORT IF THE PRESIDENT WILL SUPPORT IT. IT. WILL PROVIDE THE STABILITY OPS, WILL PROVIDE THE STABILITY OPS, KEEP SOME TROOPS IN THE AREA. KEEP SOME TROOPS IN THE AREA. SO I THINK THIS IS VERY SIMILAR SO I THINK THIS IS VERY SIMILAR TO WHAT AMOUNTS TO, WE’RE GOING TO WHAT AMOUNTS TO, WE’RE GOING TO LEAVE SYRIA IN THE SPRING TO LEAVE SYRIA IN THE SPRING WHEN THIS HAPPENED BEFORE WHEN WHEN THIS HAPPENED BEFORE WHEN HE SAID IT, THE PENTAGON SAID, HE SAID IT, THE PENTAGON SAID, WELL, WAIT A MINUTE, WAIT A WELL, WAIT A MINUTE, WAIT A MINUTE, AND IT DIDN’T REALLY MINUTE, AND IT DIDN’T REALLY HAPPEN. HAPPEN. LET’S GIVE IT A DAY OR TWO TO LET’S GIVE IT A DAY OR TWO TO SEE WHAT THE REAL PULLOUT IS SEE WHAT THE REAL PULLOUT IS GOING TO BE. GOING TO BE.>>HAVE WE EVER HAD A COMMANDER>>HAVE WE EVER HAD A COMMANDER IN CHIEF WHO IS ESSENTIALLY IN CHIEF WHO IS ESSENTIALLY IGNORED? IGNORED? WE’VE HAD TROOPS TO THE BORDER. WE’VE HAD TROOPS TO THE BORDER. LOTS OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS AND LOTS OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS AND DEMOCRATS CALLED IT A STUNT. DEMOCRATS CALLED IT A STUNT. HE ORDERED A MILITARY PARADE. HE ORDERED A MILITARY PARADE. THEY HUMORED HIM. THEY HUMORED HIM. PLANNED A PARADE AND THEN PULLED PLANNED A PARADE AND THEN PULLED THE PLUG. THE PLUG. IS HE SOMEONE — IS THE IS HE SOMEONE — IS THE PENTAGON — YOU’RE BASICALLY PENTAGON — YOU’RE BASICALLY DESCRIBING A U.S. MILITARY THAT DESCRIBING A U.S. MILITARY THAT DOES NOT LISTEN TO THE COMMANDER DOES NOT LISTEN TO THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF. IN CHIEF. IS THAT WHAT’S GOING ON? IS THAT WHAT’S GOING ON?>>WELL, I DON’T THINK THAT THEY>>WELL, I DON’T THINK THAT THEY DON’T LISTEN TO HIM. DON’T LISTEN TO HIM. I THINK THAT THEY TRY TO — I THINK THAT THEY TRY TO –>>THE TRANSGENDER BAN.>>THE TRANSGENDER BAN. HE ORDERED — LISTEN. HE ORDERED — LISTEN. TO THEIR CREDIT, I’M CHEERED IF TO THEIR CREDIT, I’M CHEERED IF YOU’RE TELLING ME THE MILITARY YOU’RE TELLING ME THE MILITARY DOESN’T LISTEN TO HIM, BUT I DOESN’T LISTEN TO HIM, BUT I READ A LOT OF QUOTES OF SENIOR READ A LOT OF QUOTES OF SENIOR PENTAGON OFFICIALS WHO WERE PENTAGON OFFICIALS WHO WERE ALARMED BY THE NEWS WHO HAD THE ALARMED BY THE NEWS WHO HAD THE RUG PULLED — WHO WERE TESTIFIED RUG PULLED — WHO WERE TESTIFIED OR COMMUNICATED AS RECENTLY AS OR COMMUNICATED AS RECENTLY AS YESTERDAY THAT OUR COMMITMENT YESTERDAY THAT OUR COMMITMENT WAS SOLID. WAS SOLID. THE PRESIDENT SEEMS TO HAVE HIS THE PRESIDENT SEEMS TO HAVE HIS FOREIGN POLICY RUN THROUGH FOREIGN POLICY RUN THROUGH MOSCOW OR TURKEY OR OTHER MOSCOW OR TURKEY OR OTHER COUNTRIES. COUNTRIES. I MEAN, ARE THEY HAPPY JUST I MEAN, ARE THEY HAPPY JUST IGNORING HIM? IGNORING HIM?>>NO, I THINK THERE’S A LITTLE>>NO, I THINK THERE’S A LITTLE BIT OF HAVING IT BOTH WAYS. BIT OF HAVING IT BOTH WAYS. THE PRESIDENT WILL MAKE THESE THE PRESIDENT WILL MAKE THESE OUTLANDISH ANNOUNCEMENTS THAT OUTLANDISH ANNOUNCEMENTS THAT THROW EVERYBODY INTO A FIT AND THROW EVERYBODY INTO A FIT AND SURPRISES FOLKS, AND THE SURPRISES FOLKS, AND THE PROFESSIONALS THAT GENERAL PROFESSIONALS THAT GENERAL McCAFFREY TALKED ABOUT COME INTO McCAFFREY TALKED ABOUT COME INTO THE ROOM AND SAY HERE’S WHAT WE THE ROOM AND SAY HERE’S WHAT WE CAN DO TO — CAN DO TO –>>THEY WERE IN THE ROOM>>THEY WERE IN THE ROOM YESTERDAY. YESTERDAY. THEY WERE IN THE ROOM THIS THEY WERE IN THE ROOM THIS MORNING AND THEY DIDN’T PREVAIL. MORNING AND THEY DIDN’T PREVAIL.>>WELL, WE DON’T KNOW THAT YET.>>WELL, WE DON’T KNOW THAT YET. AS FAR AS WE KNOW WE HEARD TODAY AS FAR AS WE KNOW WE HEARD TODAY MATTIS HAS NOT SIGNED AN ORDER MATTIS HAS NOT SIGNED AN ORDER TO PULL ALL THE TROOPS OUT. TO PULL ALL THE TROOPS OUT. AND THE WHITE HOUSE ON THEIR AND THE WHITE HOUSE ON THEIR CONFERENCE CALL SAYING THAT A CONFERENCE CALL SAYING THAT A TROOP WITHDRAWAL IS, YOU KNOW, TROOP WITHDRAWAL IS, YOU KNOW, GOING TO BE HAPPENING. GOING TO BE HAPPENING. BUT WE DON’T KNOW THAT IT’S A BUT WE DON’T KNOW THAT IT’S A FULL PULL-OUT YET. FULL PULL-OUT YET. I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU’RE SAYING. I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU’RE SAYING. THERE’S A LOT OF FRUSTRATION. THERE’S A LOT OF FRUSTRATION. PEOPLE WISH THERE WAS A MORE PEOPLE WISH THERE WAS A MORE TRADITIONAL PROCESS TO THESE TRADITIONAL PROCESS TO THESE DECISIONS. DECISIONS. ESPECIALLY FOR PEOPLE LIKE THE ESPECIALLY FOR PEOPLE LIKE THE CENTRAL COMMANDER WHO HAS TO CENTRAL COMMANDER WHO HAS TO FIELD PHONE CALLS FROM EVERY FIELD PHONE CALLS FROM EVERY CHIEF SAYING YOU GUYS SAID YOU CHIEF SAYING YOU GUYS SAID YOU WERE GOING TO SAY. WERE GOING TO SAY. THE PRESIDENT MAKES HIS THE PRESIDENT MAKES HIS STATEMENT AND THE PENTAGON GOES, STATEMENT AND THE PENTAGON GOES, HERE’S WHAT WE CAN AND CAN’T DO. HERE’S WHAT WE CAN AND CAN’T DO. WE’LL SEE IF THERE’S A FULL PULL WE’LL SEE IF THERE’S A FULL PULL OUT FROM SYRIA. OUT FROM SYRIA. I DOUBT THERE WILL BE. I DOUBT THERE WILL BE.>>I’M OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER>>I’M OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER WHEN THEY USED TO RED TEAM WHEN THEY USED TO RED TEAM AMERICAN ADVERSARIES, NOT THE AMERICAN ADVERSARIES, NOT THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF. COMMANDER IN CHIEF. TELL ME WHAT YOU MAKE OF THE TELL ME WHAT YOU MAKE OF THE FACT THAT THE COMMON FACT THAT THE COMMON DENOMINATOR, THE FIRST THING WE DENOMINATOR, THE FIRST THING WE CHECKED WHEN WE SAW THIS NEWS CHECKED WHEN WE SAW THIS NEWS WAS TO SEE IF THERE WAS ANY WAS TO SEE IF THERE WAS ANY OFFICIAL REACTION FROM VLADIMIR OFFICIAL REACTION FROM VLADIMIR PUTIN’S GOVERNMENT. PUTIN’S GOVERNMENT. SURE ENOUGH A LOT MORE SURE ENOUGH A LOT MORE ENTHUSIASM FOR TODAY’S DECISION ENTHUSIASM FOR TODAY’S DECISION FROM VLADIMIR PUTIN’S GOVERNMENT FROM VLADIMIR PUTIN’S GOVERNMENT THAN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY. THAN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY. THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS OR THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS OR THE UNITED STATES ALLIES. THE UNITED STATES ALLIES. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF, ONCE AGAIN, WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF, ONCE AGAIN, A STORY WITH A PUNCHLINE THAT A STORY WITH A PUNCHLINE THAT RUNS THROUGH MOSCOW? RUNS THROUGH MOSCOW?>>YEAH, IT’S A GREAT QUESTION.>>YEAH, IT’S A GREAT QUESTION. THERE ARE TWO ASPECTS TO THIS THERE ARE TWO ASPECTS TO THIS DECISION THAT NEED TO BE FOCUSED DECISION THAT NEED TO BE FOCUSED ON. ON. WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT GENERAL WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT GENERAL McCAFFREY. McCAFFREY. THERE’S THE SUBSTANCE OF THE THERE’S THE SUBSTANCE OF THE DECISION AND THE PROCESS OF THE DECISION AND THE PROCESS OF THE DECISION. DECISION. THE PROCESS CLEARLY IS A DONALD THE PROCESS CLEARLY IS A DONALD TRUMP CLASSIC IN WHICH NOT TRUMP CLASSIC IN WHICH NOT EVERYBODY KNOWS WHAT’S GOING ON. EVERYBODY KNOWS WHAT’S GOING ON. THEY ARE BEING UNDERCUT FROM ONE THEY ARE BEING UNDERCUT FROM ONE DAY TO THE NEXT AND NOT 100% DAY TO THE NEXT AND NOT 100% SURE IF IT WILL FOLLOW OUT THE SURE IF IT WILL FOLLOW OUT THE WAY KEVIN HAS DESCRIBED. WAY KEVIN HAS DESCRIBED. THE SUBSTANCE OF IT, THOUGH, IS THE SUBSTANCE OF IT, THOUGH, IS IN KEEPING WITH WHAT DONALD IN KEEPING WITH WHAT DONALD TRUMP HAS SAID FROM THE TRUMP HAS SAID FROM THE BEGINNING. BEGINNING. THE TRUTH IS, AS MUCH AS HE THE TRUTH IS, AS MUCH AS HE MIGHT NOT LIKE TO ADMIT IT, HE MIGHT NOT LIKE TO ADMIT IT, HE AND PRESIDENT OBAMA SHARE A AND PRESIDENT OBAMA SHARE A GENERAL SKEPTSICISM ABOUT THE US GENERAL SKEPTSICISM ABOUT THE US OF AMERICAN FORCE OVERSEAS AND OF AMERICAN FORCE OVERSEAS AND AMERICA’S COMMITMENT. AMERICA’S COMMITMENT. HE ACCUSED PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR HE ACCUSED PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR BEING TOO SLOW GETTING OUT OF BEING TOO SLOW GETTING OUT OF IRAQ. IRAQ. HE DID SAY HE WAS GOING TO PULL HE DID SAY HE WAS GOING TO PULL OUT OF SYRIA. OUT OF SYRIA. ONLY BACKED OFF WHEN EMMANUEL ONLY BACKED OFF WHEN EMMANUEL MACRON SAID THAT WOULD MACRON SAID THAT WOULD DESTABILIZE EVERYTHING. DESTABILIZE EVERYTHING. DON’T DO THAT AT THIS POINT. DON’T DO THAT AT THIS POINT. THE RUSSIANS ARE MORE THAN HAPPY THE RUSSIANS ARE MORE THAN HAPPY TO HAVE US BE PULLING BACK. TO HAVE US BE PULLING BACK. THEY’VE INCREASED THEIR PRESENCE THEY’VE INCREASED THEIR PRESENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST IN THE LAST IN THE MIDDLE EAST IN THE LAST TWO YEARS. TWO YEARS. THE MORE WE PULL BACK, THE MORE THE MORE WE PULL BACK, THE MORE THEY FEEL THEY HAVE A FREE HAND. THEY FEEL THEY HAVE A FREE HAND. BUT REMEMBER WHAT PRESIDENT BUT REMEMBER WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS DOING IS WHAT HE HAS TRUMP IS DOING IS WHAT HE HAS SAID HE WOULD DO AND IN A LOT OF SAID HE WOULD DO AND IN A LOT OF WAYS, A LOT OF THE AMERICAN WAYS, A LOT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE — KIND OF WANT HIM PEOPLE ARE — KIND OF WANT HIM TO DO. TO DO. THEY DON’T PARTICULARLY WANT TO THEY DON’T PARTICULARLY WANT TO BE PART OF THESE MIDDLE EAST BE PART OF THESE MIDDLE EAST VENTURES, EVEN IF THERE ARE VENTURES, EVEN IF THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES TO THE NATIONAL CONSEQUENCES TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY TO PULL OUT LIKE THIS. SECURITY TO PULL OUT LIKE THIS.>>THERE’S SOME PUSHBACK ON>>THERE’S SOME PUSHBACK ON CAPITOL HILL FROM DEMOCRATS AND CAPITOL HILL FROM DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. REPUBLICANS. LET’S WATCH. LET’S WATCH.>>THE DECISION TO WITHDRAW>>THE DECISION TO WITHDRAW AMERICAN — AN AMERICAN PRESENCE AMERICAN — AN AMERICAN PRESENCE IN SYRIA IS A COLOSSAL, IN MY IN SYRIA IS A COLOSSAL, IN MY MIND, MISTAKE. MIND, MISTAKE. A GRAVE ERROR THAT’S GOING TO A GRAVE ERROR THAT’S GOING TO HAVE SIGNIFICANT REPERCUSSIONS HAVE SIGNIFICANT REPERCUSSIONS IN THE YEARS AND MONTHS TO GOCOM IN THE YEARS AND MONTHS TO GOCOM>>IN MY VIEW, ISIS IS NOT>>IN MY VIEW, ISIS IS NOT DEFEATED IN SYRIA AND IRAQ. DEFEATED IN SYRIA AND IRAQ. IF YOU’RE TIRED OF FIGHTING IF YOU’RE TIRED OF FIGHTING RADICAL ISLAM, I UNDERSTAND IT. RADICAL ISLAM, I UNDERSTAND IT. THEY’RE NOT TIRED OF FIGHTING THEY’RE NOT TIRED OF FIGHTING YOU. YOU. IF YOU DON’T GET THAT, YOU’RE IF YOU DON’T GET THAT, YOU’RE MAKING A MISTAKE. MAKING A MISTAKE. IF THIS IS A WITHDRAWAL OF ALL IF THIS IS A WITHDRAWAL OF ALL OF OUR FORCES IN SYRIA NOW, OF OUR FORCES IN SYRIA NOW, WE’RE DRAMATICALLY LESS SAFE. WE’RE DRAMATICALLY LESS SAFE. THIS IS AN OBAMA-LIKE MOVE. THIS IS AN OBAMA-LIKE MOVE.>>NO, BECAUSE OBAMA DIDN’T DO>>NO, BECAUSE OBAMA DIDN’T DO THAT. THAT.>>CORRECT.>>CORRECT.>>THAT’S PART OF THE ISSUE.>>THAT’S PART OF THE ISSUE.>>THIS IS WHAT CONCERNS ME>>THIS IS WHAT CONCERNS ME ABOUT THIS. ABOUT THIS. YOU POINTED OUT THIS ABOUT OUR YOU POINTED OUT THIS ABOUT OUR ALLIES. ALLIES. IF WE JUST THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IF WE JUST THIS ANNOUNCEMENT ALONE, EVEN IF THE GENERALS ALONE, EVEN IF THE GENERALS DON’T DO WHAT DONALD TRUMP, WHAT DON’T DO WHAT DONALD TRUMP, WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS ASKED FOR, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS ASKED FOR, EVERY SINGLE REFUGEE — BECAUSE EVERY SINGLE REFUGEE — BECAUSE WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING IS THE WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING IS THE U.S. TROOPS HAVE BEEN ALLOWING U.S. TROOPS HAVE BEEN ALLOWING THE REFUGEE CRISIS OF PEOPLE THE REFUGEE CRISIS OF PEOPLE FLEEING INTO EUROPE TO SORT OF FLEEING INTO EUROPE TO SORT OF SLOW DOWN BECAUSE THEY SEE THE SLOW DOWN BECAUSE THEY SEE THE AMERICANS WILL PROTECT US AND AMERICANS WILL PROTECT US AND STABILIZE THINGS. STABILIZE THINGS. IF THEY HEAR WE MIGHT FLOOD OUT, IF THEY HEAR WE MIGHT FLOOD OUT, THERE’S A FLOOD OF REFUGEES THERE’S A FLOOD OF REFUGEES GOING BACK TO GERMANY, FRANCE, GOING BACK TO GERMANY, FRANCE, ENGLAND WHICH DESTABILIZES THEM. ENGLAND WHICH DESTABILIZES THEM. LEADS TO BELGIUM, RIGHT-WING LEADS TO BELGIUM, RIGHT-WING ORGANIZATIONS GETTING MORE POWER ORGANIZATIONS GETTING MORE POWER WHICH HELPS PUTIN. WHICH HELPS PUTIN. ALL OF THIS IS A — IT’S NOT ALL OF THIS IS A — IT’S NOT JUST STABBING IN THE BACK JUST STABBING IN THE BACK AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY BUT AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY BUT STABS IN THE BACK OUR ALLIES AS STABS IN THE BACK OUR ALLIES AS WELL. WELL. IT’S A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IT’S A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS CREATED BY A TWEET. CREATED BY A TWEET.>>PETER BAKER, JUST THE OPTICS>>PETER BAKER, JUST THE OPTICS OF DOING ANOTHER THING ON OF DOING ANOTHER THING ON VLADIMIR PUTIN’S NATIONAL VLADIMIR PUTIN’S NATIONAL SECURITY HONEY-DO LIST FOR SECURITY HONEY-DO LIST FOR DONALD TRUMP IS TERRIBLE. DONALD TRUMP IS TERRIBLE. AND A MOMENT WHEN PEOPLE ARE AND A MOMENT WHEN PEOPLE ARE DEBATING OPENLY AND YOUR DEBATING OPENLY AND YOUR NEWSPAPER AND ON OUR AIR, NEWSPAPER AND ON OUR AIR, WHETHER OR NOT A SITTING WHETHER OR NOT A SITTING PRESIDENT CAN OR WILL BE PRESIDENT CAN OR WILL BE INDICTED. INDICTED.>>RIGHT.>>RIGHT. IT’S A REALLY GOOD QUESTION AND IT’S A REALLY GOOD QUESTION AND COMES ON THE SAME DAY THE COMES ON THE SAME DAY THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT IS — ONCE TREASURY DEPARTMENT IS — ONCE AGAIN ON THESE SANCTIONS IMPOSE AGAIN ON THESE SANCTIONS IMPOSE SOMETHING NEW ONES ON SOME SOMETHING NEW ONES ON SOME RUSSIANS FOR THE ELECTION RUSSIANS FOR THE ELECTION MEDDLING. MEDDLING. YOU SEE THIS DICHOTOMY INSIDE YOU SEE THIS DICHOTOMY INSIDE THE ADMINISTRATION AND YET THE THE ADMINISTRATION AND YET THE RUSSIAN OLIGARCH IS GOING TO GET RUSSIAN OLIGARCH IS GOING TO GET SOME BREAKS. SOME BREAKS. SO IT’S A REALLY MESSY KIND OF SO IT’S A REALLY MESSY KIND OF SITUATION RIGHT NOW WHEN IT SITUATION RIGHT NOW WHEN IT COMES TO RUSSIANS. COMES TO RUSSIANS. ARE WE STANDING UP AGAINST THEM ARE WE STANDING UP AGAINST THEM IN PLACES LIKE THE MIDDLE EAST, IN PLACES LIKE THE MIDDLE EAST, PLACES LIKE UKRAINE, AND IN PLACES LIKE UKRAINE, AND IN TERMS OF AN ELECTION MEDDLING TERMS OF AN ELECTION MEDDLING THAT CONTINUES TO BE OF GREAT THAT CONTINUES TO BE OF GREAT CONCERN? CONCERN? OR ARE WE BASEICALLY THEIR OR ARE WE BASEICALLY THEIR COLLABORATORS OR ALLIES, COLLABORATORS OR ALLIES, PARTNERS IN SOME OF THESE PARTNERS IN SOME OF THESE THINGS. THINGS. WHAT YOU SAW IN BUENOS AIRES, WHAT YOU SAW IN BUENOS AIRES, DOES THE PRESIDENT WANT TO SIT DOES THE PRESIDENT WANT TO SIT DOWN WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN? DOWN WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN? HE WAS ANNOYED HE COULDN’T HE WAS ANNOYED HE COULDN’T BECAUSE OF THE UKRAINE CRISIS BECAUSE OF THE UKRAINE CRISIS AND HE’S LOOKING FOR WAYS TO GET AND HE’S LOOKING FOR WAYS TO GET BACK TOGETHER WITH PRESIDENT BACK TOGETHER WITH PRESIDENT PUTIN IF THEY CAN RESOLVE SOME PUTIN IF THEY CAN RESOLVE SOME OF THESE ISSUES. OF THESE ISSUES. RIGHT NOW THIS IS A RELATIONSHIP

100 Comments

  • Kyle Jameus

    Trump woke up and twitted Issis gone ,he had a dream ,watched lndependence day ,that night Trump gets all his ideals from T.V and dreams lmao

  • Farmer Bold

    Putin tweet to Trump: Thank you, comrade Trump. Now Russia, Iran, ISIS, and Al Assad can and will mass murder innocent defenders of democracy and Kurd fighters in Syria. And Israel is next.

  • Shelley Young

    To Whom this may Concern,
    It's time to pull Trump and his family out of our White House! I appreciate your concern for our country.
    United States of America citizens

  • NinepinsKnave

    This really strikes me as the same kind of short-sighted, impulsive decision-making that led to Trump's casino going belly-up.

  • ElPocho DelMundo

    This is absolutely ridiculous. It seems that the Pig is saying all our strategic military objectives have been achieved, but the military is denying that. It's presented as a disagreement about facts, not policy. Were there there never any objectives defined? We stagger, bouncing here and there, like a drunken giant. My holy God in heaven.

  • jk Martinez

    Trump knows nothing about world affairs and he is dangerous. Russia and Iran are the winners. Obama made same mistake in 2011 and now trump.

  • DORWIN HARPER

    how long will the dumb white community support this Putin puppet … now we see how stupid the white community truly is !!

  • Andy Woohoo

    Must trump run around with a Russian flag before Americans understand who this moron is working for?
    I swear, as soon as the net is getting tighter around him he will end up beside Snowden in Moscow.

  • Crimson Halo

    Trump is all about pulling out prematurely. It's the hallmark of his relationships, his business deals, and now his political regime. We'll be back in Iraq and Syria within five years. Once the power vacuum brings in more extremists, it'll become inevitable.

  • johan hermanns

    realize that trump is really a danger for world peace,he make deciscions based on whats good for him and his company not the american people its clear to me that hes an traitor!!

  • Dawn Ironside

    He should pull troops out! USA was not an invited guest to Syria, they trained and backed ISIS and young American military should not be killed on foreign soil for someone else issues. Russia will finish ISIS without US troops in the way. So wake up snowflakes, trump doing exactly what he said he would do, was elected on this policy!

  • fran bran

    Steele has admitted the Russian dossier was phoney ,Hillary paid him to formulate a dossier to try and frame Trump.
    No Russian collusion at all
    What you all going to froth at the mouth at next.

  • Dean

    ThIs administration has been compromised by the Saudi's, the Turks and the Russians. THEY tell tRump what to do and he values their input more than his own military and intelligence personnel. He has got to go NOW, not in 2020.

  • billy john

    Wow, the pentagon who get 3/4 of a trillion dollars a year and who can't say where twenty trillion dollars went, want more war? That's like asking a bridge builder if we need more bridges. Why not ask the people who fund them, the American people? This is one of the best things Trump has done. Better yet lets have Congress VOTE on it and make it a legal war.

  • jamescreys

    Well Russia was defeating ISIS as well.
    We were never invited there.
    And we dont have to defend other countries while the demonrats refuse to defend our borders.
    So who is the real liar here?

  • RealDjToddThunder

    Geez,,this is so ,just pathetic…MSNBC are stooping to children level…Alot of us are actually educated adults,,,how dare MSNBC continue this kid like fighting and making viewers hear this nonsense…."pentagon not happy,Putin happy…..what the crap? ???MSNBC JUST KNOWS EVERYTHING DON'T THEY….

  • Witt Wittwer

    Time for a wry comment: Almost everyone whined when the US decided to put troops in harm's way in Syria, now almost everyone's whining because the Cheeto wants to pull 'em out. Does anyone remember the Uncle Remus story about B'rer Rabbit and the Tar Baby?

  • paul1x1

    Putin has realized trump is done and he must get what he can before trump is impeached underage hookers peeing on trump are expensive look what it has cost the U.S.A

  • RedondoBeach2

    13:59 MSNBC this IS an "Obama like move." Senator Graham is referring to Obama's decision to pull out of Iraq by the end of 2011, no matter what. You can act dumb and defiant as if Obama did not do this, but the fact is Obama made a campaign promise to pull troops out of Iraq and he held firm to that promise, no matter what the repercussions of that decision were, and there definitely were repercussions. So, yes, Trump's current decision is an "Obama like move." I'm no Trump supporter, especially on this matter, but this is not the time to try to rebuild Obama's credibility on a know decision he made that did have negative repercussions.

  • Francoise Loffler

    The president make a statement and all his puppets in the WH. Dance…..trump is making a REAL FOOL AND THREAT FOR AMERICA…

  • Milton Elliott

    DJT is pulling troops out of Syria as a payment to Puttin as an advance payment to secure his re-election, it a singal for all involved to move forward with a plan to do whatever it takes to ensure/guarrenty his re-election if for nothing else an attempt to out run the statute of limitation of the charges that he knows will surely send him and his inner circle to prison…his name should b removed from the the list of the Office he is in…this speaks to the Russians effects on the 2016 election

  • TheTessamary

    WAKE UP, SPEAK UP, STAND UP AMERICA! NOT ONE OF US CAN AFFORD TO BE SILENT THINKING IT WILL ALL WORK OUT. IF THIS president REMOVES THESE TROOPS, IGNORING INFORMED ADVICE, WE WILL BE AT WAR WITH RUSSIA AND THE MIDDLE EAST JUST TO MAINTAIN OUR HOME FRONT. AND PLEASE DON'T LOSE SIGHT OF THIS IMMIGRATION DEBACLE. THE LAST FEW TERRORIST ATTACKS ON OUR SOIL WERE DONE BY HOMEGROWN AMERICANS OF IMMIGRANT DESCENT. ANYTIME YOU TREAT YOUNG OR OLD PEOPLE AS "OTHER THAN" YOU DAMAGE THE PSYCHE. THEY SEE THE HYPOCRISY OF OUR SO-CALLED LAND OF THE FREE RHETORIC. CAREFUL NOW. . .

  • LiS Wright

    This is probably the most bold decision 45 has made. A lot of Americans are sick of these endless wars. It won't make the defense contractors happy.

  • Collin Hannah

    This is a good thing. The US should not be involved in wars overseas that have nothing to do with us — allow the Syrian people to determine their own politics, not our government.

  • ForAmerican

    Why you care about Russia and others? Syrian people welcome the Trump's decision. The US troops were never invited by the Syrian people from the beginning.

  • Sole Survivor

    How can something so wrong be so right? How can Trump be so wrong but within his rights? If the so-called founding fathers invested this much power in one man they aren't as smart as they are portrayed.

  • John King

    Now calm down, yes Tump is this stupid based on common sense, no one who is a draft dodger, can not be expected to understand what our national and international commitments are. See Tump, always looking for either a fast buck, even dodging his responsibilities to the most basic principalities Why, he has no knowledge of responsibilities in his fabric. See, expect the unexpected from Tump… He surrounds him self with people who people who have a price tag. Never mind the law, no, that's a real indication of how he was taught. Cohen, His present wife? All are bought and paid for to do his bidding. Now, the GOP, this is there trade concept? Lies, Corrupt, make up propaganda, charges and mud slinging to any one who opposes the rights we have in the constitution. Bla Bla.. Lets hope there is a coup by the DC boy scouts to lock him up. We cant really count on adults when even our children can under stand right from wrong? But Vote Blue, our only chance to save our country and and the Free World? amen

  • L B

    It saddens me how democrats have now bought into the propaganda from the war lobby. It doesn’t matter if something is good for Putin if it’s also the right thing to do. We were literally funding ISIS to try and overthrow Assad. If we have any morals anymore we should be out of there, and the dozen other countries we are fighting in that only progressive media actually will tell you about. Reading comments on here makes me very sad for our country. We care more about politics now than basic humanity.

  • Roxann Watson

    He didn’t get his billions for a wall, so he is throwing a sissy cry baby fit. You know he is going to take half that money. That’s why it is such a big thing for him.

  • TROUBLE CAINE

    I say again, "….FOUR YEARS OF rump-trump, AND THE USA WILL GET FOUR YEARS, four years, of trump, and the USA will no longer be a SUPERPOWER.
    I …HAVE….SAID….IT!!!

  • Mike Gallar

    This U.S. pull out of Syria is a single battle lost; America is greater than that!!!! By this move, Trump make America a winner today and in the long run!!!!

  • EMPOWERMENTalist

    IT DOESN'T PAY POTUS TRUMP TO READ ANYTHING TO SERVE THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT PAYS HIM TO SERVE HIS OWN INTERESTS FIRST.
    Follow the money trail and learn how what Trump does to betray America is so much worse than you think.

  • Bill Miller

    Does the pentagon have a president? What I'm asking is….when the President of the United States, Commander in Chief, the guy who lives in the White House and was elected by the American People….says the US is removing its military troops from Syria, who is the guy in the Pentagon that says "we'll continue the mission using special forces"? While on the subject, do the CIA and FBI have their own presidents? When Congress passes legislation that is signed into law by the president (in 1992, G.H.W. Bush) requiring the federal government to release JFK assassination files in 25 years, and October 27th 2017 comes around, who is it in the CIA and FBI that says "we ain't gonna do it, and you can't make us? I wonder how foreign dictators make it look so easy. No democracy, no congress….just one evil guy in a tall tower telling everyone what to do, and it gets done without question.

  • Bill Miller

    Listen to the comments of those who have been brain trained to believe Russia is the constitutional arch enemy of the United States. Do you know why, as Americans, you are expected to give the military industrial complex more than half of your discretionary income every year? Why, it is to keep you safe from Russia, of course. If Russia gets too friendly, the US military industrial complex will do something to make them angry. Then, the US media will put it in the headlines to put the fear of god into you, so you remain comfortable giving the military industrial complex what they ask for. The last thing the USA wants is to be friends with Russia. They are worth much more as enemies. The CIA is a great agency. They will keep you safe from the enemies they create FOR you. After all, It is a dangerous world out there. Pay your protection money to the nearest IRS agent, but don't be so foolish as to feel any safer for having done so.

  • Kapt'n Pee

    YOU KNOW WHO ARE HAPPY WITH TRUMPS DESCISION, THE SYRIAN PEOPLE AND THEIR SOVEREIGN GOVERNMENT, THEY WANTED AMERICAN FORCES OUT, AND WANT TO JUST MOVE ON. SHOULDN'T THEIR DEMANDS BE THE MOST IMPORTANT?!

    AMERICA WAS IN SYRIA ILLEGALLY AND SHOULDNT HAVE EVEN BEEN THERE IN FIRST PLACE. RUSSIA AND IRAN ARE SYRIAN ALLIES AND IN SYRIA LEGALLY, THE USA WASNT. IF AMERICA WANTS TO RESTORE THEIR IMAGE IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE GLOBE, RESPECTING THE SOVERNTY OF NATIONS LIKE HE HAS DONE HERE AND A PERFECT START!!

  • Morpheus x

    FAKE news never stands by their nation and their President because they are paid by the globalist is la mist to promote hatred against freedom and free speech THANK YOU PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR DOING THE RIGHT THING BY STANDING FOR THE SECULAR CITIZENS OF SYRIA AND GOING AGAINST THE GLOBALIST ISLAMIST WHO HATE FREE SPEECH AND LIBERTY .

  • Morpheus x

    FAKE news never stands by their nation and their President because they are paid by the globalist is la mist to promote hatred against freedom and free speech THANK YOU PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR DOING THE RIGHT THING BY STANDING FOR THE SECULAR CITIZENS OF SYRIA AND GOING AGAINST THE GLOBALIST ISLAMIST WHO HATE FREE SPEECH AND LIBERTY .

  • briannxx

    NPC……Putin is ending the Democrats unconstitutional war through his puppet Trump! Hillary would be expanding to Iran and Russia by now! Thanks racist

  • Nixon Chan

    IMHO, main reason is to derail or distract Muller investigation in what he hopes a major way since dump knows and has been informed, isis will revive and likely get stronger. So a major attack in US will demand primary attention and not his criminal life. Muller please expedite this con clown dumps imprisoment

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