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Republican Rep. Kinzinger says ISIS will recruit from Trump's decision to pull troops from Syria


It is not a popular decision

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Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) excoriated the decision from President Donald Trump to pull troops out of Syria in an interview with Martha MacCallum on Fox News Wednesday.

Kinzinger, who is on the Foreign Affairs Committee, compared Trump's announcement to that of Obama when he pulled American troops out of Iraq, and disagreed with the president's assessment that ISIS had been defeated already.

"I feel eerily similar to that now, this is very disappointing, I have no idea where this came from, and I deeply deeply fear the long term ramifications of this," he said.

MacCallum added that the announcement was good news for Turkey's president Erdogan and Russian president Vladimir Putin, but bad for Israel.

"Why does it feel like out of the blue this morning did the president woke up and decide that victory had been established?" asked MacCallum.

"I don't know, obviously he had a discussion with the president of Turkey," replied Kinzinger. "Made a decision, I think on the basis of that, that's what it seems like."

"That can't bode well for the Kurds, by the way, who have fought with us for a very long time," he explained.

"I have no idea what went into this," he added.

Kinzinger continued on to say that ISIS will be able to recruit more terrorists if the president implements his decision to pull troops out of Syria.

"This is going to be a huge boon for recruiting ISIS in the future," he said.

"I implore the president to reconsider this," he concluded.

The president appeared to confirm the decision from his social media account Wednesday.

"We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency," he tweeted.

Some reports indicated that the State Department was caught off guard by the decision from the White House.

Here's the video interview with Rep. Kinzinger:

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