Sunday shows — Officials rush to Trump's defense on Syria, sanctions

Members of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report Giuliani pens op-ed slamming 'unprecedented' impeachment inquiry Giuliani associate Lev Parnas discussed Ukraine with Trump at private dinner: report MORE's Cabinet including Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperOvernight Defense: Pentagon says Syrian oil revenue going to Kurdish forces | GOP chair accuses Dems of using Space Force as leverage in wall fight | Dems drop plans to seek Bolton testimony Pentagon: Revenue from Syria oil fields going to Kurdish-led forces The Hill's Morning Report - Dems poised to air alleged Trump abuses on TV MORE and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinNew book questions Harris's record on big banks On The Money: US paid record .1B in tariffs in September | Dems ramp up oversight of 'opportunity zones' | Judge hints at letting House lawsuit over Trump tax returns proceed Democrats ramp up oversight efforts over 'opportunity zone' incentive MORE appeared on the Sunday morning political talk shows to defend the president's decision to remove U.S. troops from northern Syria ahead of a Turkish military operation and the delay of sanctions against Ankara.

Top Democrats also weighed in on the latest developments in the House's impeachment inquiry into Trump.

Read The Hill's complete coverage below.

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Defense chief defends Trump decision on Syria under questioning from Chris Wallace
By ZACK BUDRYK 
 
Defense Secretary Mark Esper defended President Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria during an interview with Fox News's Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceRepublicans, Democrats brace for first public testimony in impeachment inquiry Intelligence panel Democrat: 'I think we will end up calling' some witnesses on GOP list Intelligence panel Republican: 'How we treat this whistleblower will impact whistleblowers in the future' MORE, insisting that Turkey was ready to invade the country to attack Kurdish forces regardless of the U.S. actions.
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Esper: Turkey 'appears to be' committing war crimes in northern Syria
By ZACK BUDRYK 
 
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday that Turkey “appears to be” committing war crimes in its incursion into northern Syria.
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Mnuchin defends delay in sanctions against Turkey: 'This is a complicated, developing situation'
By KYLE BALLUCK
 
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday defended a delay in imposing sanctions on Turkey, saying the Trump administration is ready to move forward “at a moment’s notice” over Ankara's military action in northern Syria.
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Senate Democrat on Turkey sanctions: 'For God's sake, what are they waiting for?'
By ZACK BUDRYK 
 
“For God’s sake, what are they waiting for? People are being killed right now,” Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenOn The Money: Retirement savings bill blocked in Senate after fight over amendments | Stopgap bill may set up December spending fight | Hardwood industry pleads for relief from Trump trade war GAO reviewing Trump hold on Ukraine military aid Democrats unveil proposal for 'millionaires surtax' MORE (D-Md.) said on "Fox News Sunday."
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GOP senator defends Trump's decision on Syria
By JUSTINE COLEMAN 
 
Sen. Kevin CramerKevin John CramerGOP senators plan to tune out impeachment week Trump encounters GOP resistance to investigating Hunter Biden Progressive freshmen jump into leadership PAC fundraising MORE (R-N.D.) on Sunday defended President Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria, a move that preceded an offensive by Turkish forces against Kurdish allies of the U.S. in the region.
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GOP congressman: 'We all know' Turkey wouldn't have attacked if US troops remained at border
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Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerHonoring service before self House approves Turkey sanctions in rare bipartisan rebuke of Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing MORE (R-Ill.) on Sunday sharply criticized President Trump’s decision to remove U.S. troops from northeastern Syria, saying the 50 U.S. troops stationed at the border with Turkey would have prevented Turkish forces from advancing into the country.
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Engel: 'I'm disgusted' US president would be comfortable with Erdogan
By JUSTINE COLEMAN 
 
"Erdogan's a bad guy, and I'm disgusted that the American president would feel comfortable with a guy like Erdogan," House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelOvernight Defense: Protests at Trump's NYC Veterans Day speech | House Dems release Pentagon official's deposition transcript | Lawmakers ask Trump to rescind Erdogan invite Bipartisan House members call on Trump to rescind Erdoğan invitation House Democrats pull subpoena for ex-Trump national security official MORE (D-N.Y.) told host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddIntelligence Democrat: Stop using 'quid pro quo' to describe Trump allegations Brown confirms he won't enter 2020 race: 'I think it's a good field' National security adviser says ISIS leader's death marks 'great day' for US, world MORE on NBC's "Meet the Press."
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Mattis warns 'ISIS will resurge' without US pressure on Syria
By JOHN BOWDEN 
 
Former Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisFormer Mattis staffer: Trump 'shooting himself in the foot' on foreign policy Former staffer hits back at Mattis's office over criticism of tell-all book Former speechwriter for General James Mattis: Has the national security state grappled with Donald Trump? MORE said in a new interview that ISIS will become stronger in northern Syria and Iraq if U.S.-aligned forces do not maintain pressure in the region.
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Intelligence Committee Democrat: 'No requirement' for impeachment inquiry vote
By KYLE BALLUCK 
 
Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems, GOP dig in for public impeachment hearings The Hill's Morning Report - Witness transcripts plow ground for public impeachment testimony Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment MORE (D-Conn.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on Sunday that the lower chamber may vote on the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, but stressed that there is “no requirement for it,” defending the way his party is handling the issue.
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Schiff: 'Republicans would like nothing better' than for impeachment inquiry witnesses to coordinate testimony
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDemocrats sharpen their message on impeachment White House struggles to get in sync on impeachment Hillicon Valley: Microsoft pushes for DACA fix ahead of court hearing | Twitter seeks feedback on 'deepfakes' | Trump officials unveil plan to notify public of 2020 interference MORE (D-Calif.) defended conducting closed interviews as part of the House impeachment inquiry, suggesting House Republicans wanted public hearings so witnesses could coordinate their testimony.
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Bannon: Trump 'is going to have to rethink his legal team'
By JOHN BOWDEN
 
President Trump's former top aide Stephen Bannon says that his old boss should consider shaking up his legal team, and in particular appeared to call for the removal of Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiTop diplomat said request for specific probes in Ukraine was 'contrary' to US policy Press: Another billionaire need not apply Condoleezza Rice says reports of an unofficial US policy in Ukraine are 'deeply troubling' MORE.
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Buttigieg knocks Trump as a 'walking conflict of interest'
By JUSTINE COLEMAN 
 
Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegPress: Another billionaire need not apply Saagar Enjeti dismisses Warren, Klobuchar claims of sexism Warren on winning over male voters: I was told to 'smile more' MORE on Sunday called out President Trump as a "walking conflict of interest."
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Sanders on difference with Warren: She's a capitalist 'I'm not
By JOHN BOWDEN 
 
Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTech firms face skepticism over California housing response Press: Another billionaire need not apply Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick mulling 2020 run: report MORE (I-Vt.) said in a new interview that a major difference between him and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Energy: BLM staff face choice of relocation or resignation as agency moves | Trump says he's 'very much into climate' | EPA rule would expand limits on scientific studies Krystal Ball credits Gabbard's upswing in 2020 race to 'feckless' Democratic establishment Outsider candidates outpoll insider candidates MORE (D-Mass.) is Warren's support of capitalism.
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