(Washington, DC-AP) — Not all Republicans are on board with President Trump’s plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. Florida’s Marco Rubio called it a colossal mistake and a grave error. South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham called it a “huge Obama-like mistake.”
President Trump tweeted yesterday that ISIS has been defeated in Syria, and that combating ISIS was the only reason for being there. Graham responded, “With all due respect, ISIS is not defeated.” Russia, Iran and the Syrian regime have long desired for the U.S. to pull out of Syria.
(SL) – San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich further let his feelings about number 45 be known Monday after Trump held an impromptu press conference with Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell claiming that many past presidents have not made phone calls to the families of military members killed in action.
Trump was responding to a question about why he had not spoken publicly about the killing of four Green Berets in an ambush in Niger two weeks ago. Trump said he had written personal letters to their families and planned to call them in the coming week. Then he lied on his predecessors falsely asserting former President Barack Obama, and other presidents did not contact the families of American troops killed in duty saying..
“If you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls. A lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate.”
In typical Trump fashion, the lies to somehow make himself look bigger made him sound incredibly ignorant and Popovich, who is an Air Force veteran exploded. He called journalist Dave Zirin of The Nation to vent.
“This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner—and to lie about how previous Presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers—is as low as it gets. We have a pathological liar in the White House: unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day. The people who work with this President should be ashamed because they know it better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all.”
As you can imagine, Trump is under heavy criticism following the comments drawing a swift rebuke from several of Mr. Obama’s former aides and families of fallen soldiers.