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

Allies of President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech 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 unveil impeachment articles against Trump | Saudi military flight students grounded after shooting | Defense bill takes heat from progressives | Pentagon watchdog to probe use of personnel on border Pentagon inspector general to probe 'use of military personnel along the southern border' Iraq's riots threaten Iran's plan for Middle East dominance 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 CruzBarr: 'I haven't looked into' whether Ukraine meddled in 2016 election Houston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence FBI head rejects claims of Ukrainian 2016 interference MORE (R-Tex.) will join Esper on "Face the Nation" while Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulMellman: Looking to Iowa Pelosi gets standing ovation at Kennedy Center Honors Senate braces for brawl on Trump impeachment rules 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 ButtigiegTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Buttigieg says he doubts consulting work for insurer led to layoffs Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll MORE will be on CNN's "State of the Union" and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Buttigieg says he doubts consulting work for insurer led to layoffs Trump supporters at Pa. rally 'upset' after Democrats introduce impeachment articles 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 HimesPelosi faces tough choices on impeachment managers This week: Impeachment inquiry moves to Judiciary Committee Juan Williams: Trump has nothing left but smears MORE (D-Conn.) and Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump House moves ahead on long-stalled resolution supporting two states for Israelis and Palestinians MORE (R-N.Y.)

NBC's "Meet the Press" — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.); Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelBombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' House Democrats expected to unveil articles of impeachment Tuesday House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump MORE (D-N.Y.); former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

CBS' "Face the Nation" — Defense Secretary Mark Esper; Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Trump rails against FBI, impeachment during Pennsylvania rally Democrats reach cusp of impeachment MORE (D-Calif.) and 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.); 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 BrownSunday Show Preview: Trump's allies and administration defend decision on Syria A dozen House Democrats call on EU ambassador to resign amid Ukraine scandal Assault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress MORE (D-Md.)

"Fox News Sunday" — Esper; Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenGOP senator blocks bill aimed at preventing Russia election meddling Democrats rip Barr over IG statement: 'Mouthpiece' for Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Dem dilemma on articles of impeachment MORE (D-Md.)