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 TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage 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 Ann WarrenSanders can gain ground by zeroing in on corruption Biden praises Buttigieg for criticizing GOP attacks: 'That's a good man' Warren enters crucial debate with big momentum MORE or Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage Schiff: Whistleblower testimony might not be necessary Trump warns Democrats will lose House seats over impeachment 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 GrahamFurious Republicans prepare to rebuke Trump on Syria Democrats to offer resolution demanding Trump reverse Syria decision Army officer calls Syria pullback 'a stain on the American conscience' 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.