GOP senator on Syria pullout: 'Bad people' will fill the void

Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsThe Hill's Campaign Report: COVID-19 puts conventions in flux  The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Virus bill unlikely to pass this week Establishment-backed Marshall defeats Kobach in Kansas GOP Senate primary MORE (R-Kan.) is concerned about the direction of the nation’s foreign policy during a week that saw Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisTrump prizes loyalty over competence — we are seeing the results Lawmakers torch Trump plan to pull 11,900 troops from Germany Are US-Japan relations on the rocks? MORE's resignation and President TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE's decision to withdraw troops from Syria.


“I think when you leave an area where it's very troublesome in terms of our national security overall you leave a void and bad people fill it and then you have a much bigger problem,” Roberts told reporters Monday.

Roberts indicated he's worried by the abruptness of Trump’s recent decisions and disregard of Defense recommendations. 

“I'm just worried about the overall policy, if all of a sudden on a Thursday morning we find out that we are taking half of our troops out of Afghanistan. What signal does that send? And it's not a good signal,” Roberts continued. Trump is also reportedly considering removing some troops from Afghanistan.

Roberts, who previously chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee and served on the Armed Services Committee, said while he once held a position similar to Trump's on foreign policy after Vietnam, he has changed his tune over time.

“It's just a different time, so I think you have to be fully engaged in areas where our national security team says that this is a real problem. … I'm always worried about national security because that danger will never go away,” he said.