President Trump has declared victory in Syria. His announcement early Wednesday was accompanied by the news that all of the US troops currently in Syria would be withdrawn. The move has shocked many who don’t share the president’s view on the defeat of the Islamic State in Syria, and now many of them–even some of Trump’s supporters–are voicing their concern.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) was quick to call out President Trump. “This is simply not true,” he Tweeted.
Kinzinger served in the Air Force in Iraq and Afghanistan. While he’s been supportive of some of Trump’s agenda, he finds the claim of victory to be too much.
Kinzinger is far from alone. There are many who are comparing this declaration of victory to another famous declaration.
Many took the opportunity to respond to President Trump. Most either noted that ISIS had not been defeated or that the move seems to placate Russia.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders elaborated on the Tweet.
“Five years ago, ISIS was a very powerful and dangerous force in the Middle East, and now the United States has defeated the territorial caliphate. These victories over ISIS in Syria do not signal the end of the Global Coalition or its campaign,” Sanders said. “We have started returning United States troops home as we transition to the next phase of this campaign.”
That hasn’t placated the critics.
GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.)and a member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee is also fighting back.
“If these media reports are true, it will be an Obama-like mistake made by the Trump Administration. While American patience in confronting radical Islam may wane, the radical Islamists’ passion to kill Americans and our allies never wavers,” Graham said.
Rand Paul even sent out a Tweet that seems supportive of the move.
The Tweet, though, has angered some who don’t understand how a president, any president, can simply “declare victory” when the enemy is still fighting and the stakes are so high.