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 TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president 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 GrahamGOP senators applaud Biden for global vaccine donation plans Lindsey Graham: Dismissal of Wuhan lab leak theory cost Trump 2020 election Tim Scott: Could be 'very hard' to reach police reform deal by June deadline MORE (S.C.) telling reporters the decision was “Obama-like mistake" and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioBipartisan lawmakers want Biden to take tougher action on Nicaragua Demings raises million after announcing Senate bid against Rubio Bipartisan senators introduce bill to protect small businesses from cyberattacks MORE (Fla.) describing it as "terrible decision."

Trump, however, praised Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulFauci to Chelsea Clinton: The 'phenomenal amount of hostility' I face is 'astounding' GOP's attacks on Fauci at center of pandemic message Fox host claims Fauci lied to Congress, calls for prosecution MORE (R-Ky.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeGOP senators press Justice Department to compare protest arrests to Capitol riot Matt Stoller says cheerleading industry shows why antitrust laws are 'insufficient' Senate chaos: Johnson delays exit as votes pushed to Friday 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 PompeoMike Pompeo Sunday shows preview: Infrastructure expected to dominate as talks continue to drag The triumph and tragedy of 1989: Why Tiananmen still matters Pence slams Biden agenda in New Hampshire speech MORE. She apologized after substantial backlash on social media, calling it a "super bad" choice of words.