After pushback, Trump describes pullout from Syria as ‘slow & highly coordinated’

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE on Sunday said the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria will be "slow & highly coordinated" after facing criticism for what some have described as an abrupt decision to pull out of the war-torn nation.

"I just had a long and productive call with President @RT_Erdogan of Turkey. We discussed ISIS, our mutual involvement in Syria, & the slow & highly coordinated pullout of U.S. troops from the area. After many years they are coming home. We also discussed heavily expanded Trade," Trump wrote on Twitter.


Trump last week announced that the U.S. would withdraw its 2,000 troops from Syria. The decision prompted the resignation of Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Overnight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Top US general: Trump wrong on Syria pullout, ISIS defeat MORE, who reportedly attempted to dissuade Trump from making the move before he resigned.

In announcing the withdrawal last week, Trump claimed that he was doing so because the U.S. had defeated the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the region. 

The decision has also been met with fierce bipartisan criticism from a number of lawmakers, who have disputed Trump's assertion that ISIS has been defeated in Syria.

Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyOvernight Energy: Zinke joins Trump-tied lobbying firm | Senators highlight threat from invasive species | Top Republican calls for Green New Deal vote in House Liz Cheney calls for House vote on Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal Liz Cheney mocks Booker over factory farming comments: 'I support PETA - People Eating Tasty Animals' MORE (R-Wyo.), for example, said Sunday that Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria and possibly Afghanistan would "hand victories to our enemies."

"It's a very dangerous path to go down, and we shouldn't be going down it. We ought to make sure that we keep our troops there in order to prevent the establishment of safe havens from those groups that want to attack us," Cheney said on CBS's "Face the Nation."