Rand Paul: Trump 'once again fulfills his promises' with Syrian pullout

Rand Paul: Trump 'once again fulfills his promises' with Syrian pullout
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Sen. 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.) is throwing his support behind President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization House Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 MORE's decision to pull back U.S. troops from northern Syria.

"I stand with @realDonaldTrump today as he once again fulfills his promises to stop our endless wars and have a true America First foreign policy," Paul tweeted on Monday.

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Paul's support comes even as many of his colleagues, including those who are on the Foreign Relations Committee with him, have publicly criticized the decision, warning that it will bolster U.S. adversaries, including ISIS, and put the lives of Kurdish allies in the region at risk.

Trump, who made an isolationist foreign policy a center part of his 2016 campaign, has frequently found common ground with Paul when it comes to military and international strategy.

Paul, a libertarian-leaning GOP senator, is viewed as an outlier within the Senate GOP caucus on foreign policy.

Paul knocked his Republican colleagues earlier this year over an amendment, spearheaded by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Energy: Pelosi vows bold action to counter 'existential' climate threat | Trump jokes new light bulbs don't make him look as good | 'Forever chemicals' measure pulled from defense bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson – House progressives may try to block vote on Pelosi drug bill | McConnell, Grassley at odds over Trump-backed drug pricing bill | Lawmakers close to deal on surprise medical bills GOP senators request interview with former DNC contractor to probe possible Ukraine ties MORE (R-Ky.), warning the administration against pulling troops from Syria or Afghanistan.

“To call it a precipitous withdrawal after 17 years is ludicrous,” Paul said on Fox News at the time. “We’ve been there 17 years.”

Some GOP lawmakers hinted that they saw Paul's influence behind the White House's decision.

"Once again @realDonaldTrump uses Rand Paul’s 'endless wars' talking points as he orders America to once again abandon our friends and give Russia & Iran exactly what they want. This is wrong," Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerLawmakers spar over surveillance flight treaty with Russia Honoring service before self House approves Turkey sanctions in rare bipartisan rebuke of Trump MORE (R-Ill.) tweeted.

Noah Wall, the vice president of advocacy at FreedomWorks, praised Trump's decision.

“President Trump ran on the promise to end America’s involvement in foreign wars. The United States military has been deployed to Syria for the better part of five years now, it’s time to bring the troops home," he said in a statement.