Frequent Trump critic Ted Lieu applauds troop pullout from Syria

Democratic Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuDems push back on White House suggesting they're 'not smart enough' for Trump's tax returns Civil rights attorney confronts Candace Owens on Fox News Lieu fires back at GOP lawmaker who claims he was 'owned' by Candace Owens: 'She said what she said' MORE (Calif.), a frequent critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Post-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 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 RubioDems plot aggressive post-Mueller moves, beginning with McGahn Senate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller Cuban negotiator says Trump's efforts to destabilize Cuba's government will fail MORE (R-Fla.) had called the decision a "great disservice" to the U.S.

Multiple top Republicans, including Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamKushner saying immigration plan will be 'neutral' on legal admissions: report Africa's women can change a continent: Will Ivanka give them her full support? If you don't think illegal immigrants are voting for president, think again 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."