Mika Brzezinski on Trump pulling troops out of Syria: 'The world order might be at stake'

MSNBC co-host Mika Brzezinski is calling President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE's decision to pull troops out of Syria an attempt to deflect from his investigations, arguing "the world order might be at stake" with a U.S. presence no longer on the ground to fight ISIS.

"These are deflections that we have seen before, perhaps not this big," Brzezinski said on "Morning Joe" early Thursday. 


"The world order might be at stake," she added later. "I’m wondering at what point, when does a Cabinet secretary who vehemently disagrees, who has been quiet so far, at what point do they do things differently, step down and speak out?"

Her comments come one day after Trump announced the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria.

He said on Twitter early Thursday that his decision was "no surprise" and asked the country if it wants to be in the war-torn nation "forever."

Trump argued that the decision to leave Syria should not be considered shocking since he campaigned on the issue in 2016.

"Getting out of Syria was no surprise. I’ve been campaigning on it for years, and six months ago, when I very publicly wanted to do it, I agreed to stay longer," Trump said in a tweet to his 56.4 million followers. "Russia, Iran, Syria & others are the local enemy of ISIS. We were doing there [sic] work. Time to come home & rebuild."

Prominent Republicans have been split on the issue, with Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPelosi warns Mnuchin to stop 'illegal' .3B cut to foreign aid Graham warns Trump on Taliban deal in Afghanistan: Learn from 'Obama's mistakes' Appropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid MORE (S.C.) telling reporters the decision was “Obama-like mistake" and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump moves forward with F-16 sale to Taiwan opposed by China The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Trump crosses new line with Omar, Tlaib, Israel move MORE (Fla.) describing it as "terrible decision."

Trump, however, praised Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGraham promises ObamaCare repeal if Trump, Republicans win in 2020 Conservatives buck Trump over worries of 'socialist' drug pricing Rand Paul to 'limit' August activities due to health MORE (R-Ky.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeMcConnell, allies lean into Twitter, media 'war' Conservatives buck Trump over worries of 'socialist' drug pricing Criminal justice reform should extend to student financial aid MORE (R-Utah) who supported the decision. Paul said he "couldn't agree more" while Lee argued it was "the opposite of an Obama decision."

Brzezinski was embroiled in controversy last week after using a homophobic remark to refer to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoAfghan president vows to take revenge after Islamic State attack on wedding The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters Latest pro-democracy rally draws tens of thousands in Hong Kong MORE. She apologized after substantial backlash on social media, calling it a "super bad" choice of words.