On his show this Friday, Fox News host and frequent Trump critic Shepard Smith addressed the President’s recent abrupt and unexpected withdrawal of US troops from Syria, saying it was an example of Trump’s subversive relationship to a foreign power, namely Russia.
News reports revealed that Trump made the decision after a phone conversation with Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Ergodan, who reportedly requested the pullout. The decision prompted the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who was unsuccessful at talking Trump out of the move.
“This has discomfited a lot of people, this decision by President Trump and the way that the decision was made,” said Michael Singh, who was Smith’s guest on Friday. “There is concern that ISIS is not, in fact, defeated, as President Trump said.”
Smith, who is a former senior director for Middle East affairs at the National Security Council, added that the pullout “will actually open the ground now for Iran and Russia and the Assad regime to retake eastern Syria.
According to Smith, it’s “hard to believe what’s happened.”
“In the face of [advice] not to do so by everyone in his administration and everyone in the Pentagon, the president gets off a phone call with the president of Turkey, then does the bidding of Russia, and Vladimir Putin thanks him, while the defense secretary resigns,” Smith said. “It is unprecedented in American history, isn’t it?”
“It’s shocking, really,” Singh responded.
Watch the segment below:
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