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

Members of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE's Cabinet including Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperOvernight 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 Senate Dems urge Esper to oppose shifting Pentagon money to border wall Overnight Defense: GAO finds administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid | Senate opens Trump trial | Pentagon to resume training Saudi students soon MORE and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinSecurity for Trump's Mar-a-Lago visits cost local taxpayers million On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Senate approves Trump trade deal with Canada, Mexico | Senate Dems launch probe into Trump tax law regulations | Trump announces Fed nominees Senate Democrats launch investigation into Trump tax law regulations 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) WallaceFox's Chris Wallace asks if Trump legal team filled with people who have their own axe to grind Chris Wallace: Pelosi plan to force 'McConnell to bow to her will' was a 'total failure' The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment week 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 HollenParnas pressure grows on Senate GOP Overnight Defense: GAO finds administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid | Senate opens Trump trial | Pentagon to resume training Saudi students soon GAO finds Trump administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid 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 CramerSenate GOP mulls speeding up Trump impeachment trial The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial GOP threatens to weaponize impeachment witnesses amid standoff 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 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.) 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: Book says Trump called military leaders 'dopes and babies' | House reinvites Pompeo for Iran hearing | Dems urge Esper to reject border wall funding request House panel reinvites Pompeo to deliver Iran testimony Pompeo under pressure over threats to Yovanovitch MORE (D-N.Y.) told host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddShepard Smith talking to MSNBC about prime-time spot as network eyes Chuck Todd move: report Administration officials defend Trump claims, Soleimani intelligence as senators push back on briefing Sunday shows - Administration officials grilled on Trump's Iran claims 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 MattisOvernight 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 Trump called top military brass 'a bunch of dopes and babies' in 2017: book Maxine Waters: Republicans 'shielding' Trump 'going to be responsible for dragging us to war' 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 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.), 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 SchiffREAD: House impeachment managers' trial brief Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial Parnas pressure grows on Senate GOP 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 GiulianiDemocrats file brief against Trump, 'the Framers' worst nightmare' Trump lawyers attack House impeachment as 'brazen and unlawful' effort to overturn 2016 results Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial MORE.
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Buttigieg knocks Trump as a 'walking conflict of interest'
By JUSTINE COLEMAN 
 
Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary Environmental activists interrupt Buttigieg in New Hampshire Pence to visit Iowa days before caucuses 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 SandersBiden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record The Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary MORE (I-Vt.) said in a new interview that a major difference between him and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary Environmental activists interrupt Buttigieg in New Hampshire Pence to visit Iowa days before caucuses MORE (D-Mass.) is Warren's support of capitalism.
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