Warren on Syria troop pullout: Foreign policy shouldn’t be conducted on Twitter

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Wednesday said she did not like the way President Trump announced the decision to withdraw troops from Syria, saying that foreign policy shouldn’t be conducted through Twitter, but said that she agrees that the U.S. should get troops out of Syria and Afghanistan.

Warren, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said while speaking on MSNBC that she thinks it is “right to get out troops out of Syria” and Afghanistan, but said that withdrawal should be part of a “coordinated” plan.

{mosads}”And let me add, I think it is right to get our troops out of Afghanistan,” Warren said, citing how the U.S. military has been in the region for 17 years now.  

But she cautioned that “when you withdraw, you gotta withdraw as part of a plan, you gotta know what you’re trying to accomplish throughout the Middle East and the pieces need to be coordinated.

“This is why we need allies. This is why we build alliances.”

Asked by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow if she was “troubled by the nature of the president’s process” regarding the troops withdrawal, Warren, who on Monday announced that she was forming an exploratory committee for a potential run for president, responded, “Are you asking me whether or not I think foreign policy ought to be conducted by tweet?

“The answer is no, it should not,” she said. 

Warren later concluded that keeping troops “forever and ever and ever in that part of the world” hasn’t worked. 

Trump declared on Twitter in December that ISIS had been defeated in Syria and that he would be pulling troops from the region because of it. He has since said that the extremist group has “mostly” been wiped out.

The decision was met with bipartisan outrage. But Trump has continued to defend his decision. He is expected to give the military about four months to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, according to The New York Times.

“If anybody but Donald Trump did what I did in Syria, which was an ISIS loaded mess when I became President, they would be a national hero,” Trump tweeted on Sunday. “ISIS is mostly gone, we’re slowly sending our troops back home to be with their families, while at the same time fighting ISIS remnants.”

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