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 TrumpTrump's Facebook ban to stay in place, board rules Trump allies launching nonprofit focused on voter fraud DOJ asks for outside lawyer to review Giuliani evidence 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.


"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 WarrenSchumer works to balance a divided caucus's demands DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates Warren book reflects on losing 2020 bid: 'Painful' MORE or Joe BidenJoe BidenCensus results show White House doubling down on failure Poll: Americans back new spending, tax hikes on wealthy, but remain wary of economic impact True immigration reform requires compromise from both sides of the aisle 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 GrahamMichael Flynn flubs words to Pledge of Allegiance at pro-Trump rally Police reform talks ramp up amid pressure from Biden, families Victims' relatives hold Capitol Hill meetings to push police reform 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.