Jeffress dismisses evangelical opposition to Trump's Syria decision: Not one will 'switch their vote'

First Baptist Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress, one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE's staunchest evangelical allies, says he stands by Trump's decision to remove U.S. troops from the border of northeastern Syria.

Jeffress told The New York Times in an interview published Thursday that he would "happily" defer to Trump's judgement, despite bipartisan criticism that the White House is abandoning crucial Kurdish allies to be slaughtered by Turkey, which views them as terrorists.

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"Some evangelicals may disagree with the president’s decision,” Jeffress told the Times. 

“But I guarantee you there is not one evangelical supporter of the president who would switch their vote and support Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump executive order aimed at combating anti-Semitism stirs up controversy Booker leads other 2020 Dems in petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications Democrats threaten to skip next debate over labor dispute MORE or Joe BidenJoe BidenNew York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Graham invites Giuliani to testify about recent Ukraine trip Booker leads other 2020 Dems in petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications MORE over a Syria decision.”

Many longtime Trump supporters, evangelicals included, have publicly rebuked the president for the Syria call.

Founder of the Christian Broadcast Network Pat Robertson said he is "appalled" by Trump's decision.

"The President of the United States is in great danger of losing the mandate of heaven if he permits this to happen," Robertson added.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Graham invites Giuliani to testify about recent Ukraine trip MORE (R-S.C.), one of Trump's fiercest allies in Congress, said the Syria move could be “the biggest mistake of his presidency.” 

Trump's announcement was followed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announcing Wednesday that he had initiated a military offensive into Syria to drive back Kurdish forces.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces were a major factor in the defeat and containment of ISIS, which critics fear could resurface in a power vacuum.

Friday, the Pentagon called on Turkish forces to cease their attacks on the Kurds, threatening “serious consequences” if the military campaign continued.