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 TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report 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 GrahamTrump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans GOP member urges Graham to subpoena Schiff, Biden phone records Trump legal team gears up for Senate impeachment trial in meeting with GOP senators MORE (S.C.) telling reporters the decision was “Obama-like mistake" and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio on Chris Pratt water bottle story: 'I too was caught with a single use plastic water bottle' House votes to sanction Chinese officials over treatment of Uighurs Poll: 51 percent of Florida voters disapprove of Trump MORE (Fla.) describing it as "terrible decision."

Trump, however, praised Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans Democratic congressman calls for study of effects of sex-trafficking law McConnell says he's 'honored' to be WholeFoods Magazine's 2019 'Person of the Year' MORE (R-Ky.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeTrump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans Overnight Defense: Trump cancels presser, cuts short NATO trip | Viral video catches leaders appearing to gossip about Trump | Dem witnesses say Trump committed impeachable offenses | Trump reportedly mulling more troops in Middle East Trump legal team gears up for Senate impeachment trial in meeting with GOP senators 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 PompeoUS, Sudan to exchange ambassadors for first time in decades Iran expert: Trump's foreign policy approach aimed at instigating 'unrest' Fox's Napolitano says obstruction 'easiest' impeachment offense for Democrats MORE. She apologized after substantial backlash on social media, calling it a "super bad" choice of words.