Sunday Show Preview: Trump's allies and administration defend decision on Syria

Allies of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial MORE will be out in force on this week's Sunday shows, as the Trump administration tries to do damage control over the president's decision to pull American troops from Syria's northeastern border.

Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperOvernight Defense: Dems raise pressure on Esper to block border wall funds | Trump impeachment trial begins in Senate | Day one dominated by fight over rules House Dems express 'deepening concern' over plans to take .2B from Pentagon for border wall Broad, bipartisan rebuke for proposal to pull troops from Africa MORE will appear on CBS' "Face the Nation" and "Fox News Sunday."

On Friday, Esper insisted that the U.S. was not abandoning Kurdish forces.

“To be clear, we are not abandoning our Kurdish partner forces and U.S. troops remain with them in other parts of Syria,” Esper said at the Pentagon.

“We oppose and are greatly disappointed by Turkey’s decision to launch a unilateral military incursion into northern Syria."

Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will be on NBC's Meet the Press to discuss the situation in Syria.

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhat to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial Democrats' impeachment case lands with a thud with GOP — but real audience is voters Restlessness, light rule-breaking and milk spotted on Senate floor as impeachment trial rolls on MORE (R-Tex.) will join Esper on "Face the Nation" while Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSekulow indicates Trump should not attend impeachment trial Trump sets record for tweets as president on day House makes impeachment case Rand Paul invites Trump to see 'partisan charade' at Senate trial MORE (R-Ky.) is set to appear on "Meet the Press."

Several Democratic presidential candidates will also make rounds on the Sunday Shows.

Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Overnight Defense: Trump downplays troops' concussion injuries in Iran attack | Dems offer case against Trump on day two of trial | UN links Saudis to hack of Bezos' phone MORE will be on CNN's "State of the Union" and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' Tensions between McConnell and Schumer run high as trial gains momentum Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden MORE (I-Vt.), who got back on the campaign trail this week after having heart surgery, will appear on ABC's "Meet the Press."

Here's the full lineup, according to the Associated Press: 

ABC's "This Week" — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.); Reps. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesTwitter users invoke Merrick Garland after McConnell, Graham comments on impeachment trial Pelosi faces tough choices on impeachment managers This week: Impeachment inquiry moves to Judiciary Committee MORE (D-Conn.) and Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinRepublicans take aim at Nadler for saying GOP senators complicit in 'cover-up' The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules White House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team MORE (R-N.Y.)

NBC's "Meet the Press" — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.); Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelUS officials, world leaders arrive in Israel for World Holocaust Forum  House Democrats may call new impeachment witnesses if Senate doesn't Overnight Defense: Book says Trump called military leaders 'dopes and babies' | House reinvites Pompeo for Iran hearing | Dems urge Esper to reject border wall funding request MORE (D-N.Y.); former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

CBS' "Face the Nation" — Defense Secretary Mark Esper; Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial Democrats' impeachment case lands with a thud with GOP — but real audience is voters MORE (D-Calif.) and Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerPentagon exodus extends 'concerning,' 'baffling' trend of acting officials in key roles Republican group asks 'what is Trump hiding' in Times Square billboard Koch campaign touts bipartisan group behind ag labor immigration bill MORE (R-Ill.); Sen. Ted Cruz. (R-Tex.)

CNN's "State of the Union" — Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana; former Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio); Rep. Anthony BrownAnthony Gregory BrownOvernight Defense: Dems raise pressure on Esper to block border wall funds | Trump impeachment trial begins in Senate | Day one dominated by fight over rules House Dems express 'deepening concern' over plans to take .2B from Pentagon for border wall Broad, bipartisan rebuke for proposal to pull troops from Africa MORE (D-Md.)

"Fox News Sunday" — Esper; Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenDemocrats shoot down talk of Bolton, Hunter Biden witness swap Schumer blasts GOP votes over witnesses, documents at trial Impeachment trial begins with furor over rules MORE (D-Md.)