Brennan blasts Trump's 'wrong-headed' and 'dangerous' Syria decision

Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanOvernight Defense: Defense bill among Congress's year-end scramble | Iranian scientist's assassination adds hurdles to Biden's plan on nuclear deal | Navy scrapping USS Bonhomme Richard after fire Biden faces new Iran challenges after nuclear scientist killed Former CIA head, Cruz trade jabs over killing of Iranian nuclear scientist: 'You are unworthy to represent the good people of Texas' MORE blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump MORE for announcing he'd pull U.S. troops from Syria, calling it an example of how "Trump’s impulsive and self-satisfying 'gut'" present a danger to U.S. national security. 

"This wrong-headed decision is but one example of how dangerous it is for our national security to be controlled by Mr. Trump’s impulsive and self-satisfying 'gut,'" Brennan, a frequent Trump critic, wrote on Twitter Thursday.

"He is surrendering America’s role on the world stage. Republicans who make excuses for him enable these actions."

Brennan's criticism came a day after the White House announced that the U.S. had defeated ISIS in Syria and would begin moving troops out of the region as a result. 


"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," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

"These victories over ISIS in Syria do not signal the end of the Global Coalition or its campaign. We have started returning United States troops home as we transition to the next phase of this campaign."

Trump later defended the decision in a video released on Twitter on Wednesday, saying that "we have won" the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)

“They're all coming back and they're coming back now. We won, and that's the way we want it and that's the way they want it,” Trump said in the clip, pointing to the sky to reference soldiers killed in battle. 


The decision was met with bipartisan criticism. For example. Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham: Trump should attend Biden inauguration 'if' Biden wins Biden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Georgia governor rejects Trump's call to 'overrule' elections officials with emergency powers MORE (R-S.C.) described the move as an "Obama-like mistake."

Trump defended the move on Thursday in a series of tweets, saying that it was "no surprise." He also asked if the U.S. wants to be there "forever."

"Getting out of Syria was no surprise. I’ve been campaigning on it for years, and six months ago, when I very publicly wanted to do it, I agreed to stay longer," he said in a tweet.

"Russia, Iran, Syria & others are the local enemy of ISIS. We were doing there [sic] work. Time to come home & rebuild. #MAGA"

Trump later claimed that Russia, Iran, Syria and "many others are not happy about the U.S. leaving, despite what the Fake News says."

Russian president Vladimir Putin said in a news conference Thursday that he agreed with the U.S.'s decision.