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Frequent Trump critic Ted Lieu applauds troop pullout from Syria

Democratic Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuAsian American lawmakers say State's 'assignment restrictions' discriminate Democrats, activists blast Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Lawmakers praise Biden for expected recognition of Armenian Genocide MORE (Calif.), a frequent critic of President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP-led Maricopa County board decries election recount a 'sham' Analysis: Arpaio immigration patrol lawsuit to cost Arizona county at least 2 million Conservatives launch 'anti-cancel culture' advocacy organization MORE, applauded the president's decision on Wednesday to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria.

"I applaud the decision by to withdraw US troops from Syria," Lieu tweeted several hours after the official White House announcement emerged.

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"Neither the Obama Administration nor the Trump Administration had a strategy," Lieu added. "Neither Administration could articulate why we were in Syria, what the end state would be, and how we would achieve it."

Lieu's tweet came in response to a CNN report that Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio wants 'UFO sightings' to be registered, taken seriously Strange bedfellows: UFOs are uniting Trump's fiercest critics, loyalists Second suspected 'Havana Syndrome' case near White House under investigation: report MORE (R-Fla.) had called the decision a "great disservice" to the U.S.

Multiple top Republicans, including Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham: 'I accept the results of the election' Juan Williams: The GOP's losing bet on Trump Pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood causes headache for GOP in key S.C. race MORE (R-S.C.), met the U.S. withdrawal from Syria with criticism, with Graham calling it an "Obama-like mistake." 

The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post reported earlier in the day that Trump is planning to remove 2,000 troops from northern Syria immediately.

Trump in a tweet Wednesday said the U.S. has "defeated" the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria.  

The White House in a statement said that the administration has "started returning United States troops home," though U.S. efforts in the region will continue.

"We have started returning United States troops home as we transition to the next phase of this campaign," the statement said. "The United States and our allies stand ready to re-engage at all levels to defend American interests whenever necessary, and we will continue to work together to deny radical Islamist terrorists territory, funding, support, and any means of infiltrating our borders."