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

Allies of President TrumpDonald TrumpSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Navajo Nation president on Arizona's new voting restrictions: An 'assault' on our rights The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez 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: Former Navy secretary reportedly spent .4M on travel | Ex-Pentagon chief Miller to testify on Jan. 6 Capitol attack | Austin to deliver West Point commencement speech Trump's Navy secretary spent over M on travel during pandemic: report Court declines to dismiss Amazon challenge against JEDI decision 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 CruzFormer OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden Seth Rogen says he's not in a feud with 'fascist' Ted Cruz, whose 'words caused people to die' GOP votes to replace Cheney with Stefanik after backing from Trump MORE (R-Tex.) will join Esper on "Face the Nation" while Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP lawmaker calls for Wuhan probe to 'prevent the next pandemic' All congressional Democrats say they have been vaccinated: CNN Fauci on Rand Paul: 'I just don't understand what the problem is with him' 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 ButtigiegPete ButtigiegInfrastructure deal imperiled by differences on financing Biden says he and GOP both 'sincere about' seeking infrastructure compromise The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Colonial pays hackers as service is restored MORE will be on CNN's "State of the Union" and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas Prominent Muslim group to boycott White House Eid celebration over stance on Israel-Gaza violence Biden speaks with Israel's Netanyahu again amid ramped-up strikes in Gaza 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 HimesHouse panel spars over GameStop frenzy, trading apps COVID-19 could complicate Pelosi's path to Speaker next year Democrats debate fate of Trump probes if Biden wins MORE (D-Conn.) and Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinThe US has a significant flooding problem — Congress can help GOP lawmakers ask acting inspector general to investigate John Kerry Andrew Giuliani to meet with Trump before potential New York gubernatorial campaign MORE (R-N.Y.)

NBC's "Meet the Press" — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.); Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelLawmakers on hot mic joke 'aisle hog' Engel absent from Biden address: 'He'd wait all day' Bowman to deliver progressive response to Biden's speech to Congress Liberal advocacy group stirs debate, discomfort with primary challenges MORE (D-N.Y.); former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

CBS' "Face the Nation" — Defense Secretary Mark Esper; Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Lone wolf actors post greatest domestic terror threat, FBI, DHS conclude State calls for Azerbaijan to pull back forces from Armenia border MORE (D-Calif.) and Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerIncreasingly active younger voters liberalize US electorate Sunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Kinzinger: GOP downplaying Capitol riot something 'out of North Korea' 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 BrownBottom line House panel to take up 2002 war authorization repeal in 'coming weeks' Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief to press for Manchin's support on Colin Kahl | House Dems seek to limit transfer of military-grade gear to police MORE (D-Md.)

"Fox News Sunday" — Esper; Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenTensions mount among Democrats over US-Israel policy Financial market transactions should not be taxed or restricted Van Hollen says members should stand with Cheney on election claims MORE (D-Md.)