Frequent Trump critic Ted Lieu applauds troop pullout from Syria

Democratic Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuHere are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment House Democrat says he still gets told to 'go back' to China Ted Lieu: Trump a 'racist ass' MORE (Calif.), a frequent critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade 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 RubioRepublican lawmakers ask Trump not to delay Pentagon cloud-computing contract Overnight Defense: US shoots down Iranian drone | Pentagon sending 500 more troops to Saudi Arabia | Trump mulls Turkey sanctions | Trump seeks review of Pentagon cloud-computing contract EU official in Canada says he feels 'at home' there because no one was shouting 'send him back' MORE (R-Fla.) had called the decision a "great disservice" to the U.S.

Multiple top Republicans, including Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamScarborough sounds alarm on political 'ethnic cleansing' after Trump rally The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants GOP rattled by Trump rally 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."