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Trump’s decision to pull troops out of Syria came after he stumped Bolton with one question

Neocons, some defense officials, and even Democrats normally opposed to overseas military entanglements all heavily criticized POTUS Donald Trump’s decision to pull all American troops out of Syria, characterizing it alternately as rash, unhinged, or irresponsible.

But as is usually the case involving this president, the first impression we were given by the “mainstream” media regarding his decision was incomplete and not based on a complete understanding of the action.

As it turns out, one could even say that POTUS acted on the indirect advice of his national security adviser, John Bolton, simply because he was unable to answer one question regarding continued U.S. military presence in the war-torn shell of a country: ‘Why.’

POTUS Trump agreed to withdraw U.S. forces during a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Dec. 14, two officials told NBC News. However, the original purpose of the call was “for Trump to tell Erdogan to back off” threats to attack U.S.-supported Kurdish rebels, according to the network.

However, the president went off-script during the call, agreeing with Erdogan when he asked POTUS, “Why are you still there?” since the Islamic State (ISIS) had been 99 percent decimated. Erdogan said his military could easily take care of the remaining 1 percent remnant of ISIS.

At that point, POTUS stumped Bolton, who was “forced to admit” Erdogan’s point.

NBC News reported:

With Erdogan on the line, Trump asked national security adviser John Bolton, who was listening in, why American troops remained in Syria if what the Turkish president was saying was true, according to the officials.

Erdogan’s point, Bolton was forced to admit, had been backed up by Mattis, Pompeo, U.S. special envoy for Syria Jim Jeffrey and special envoy for the anti-ISIS coalition Brett McGurk, who have said that IS retains only 1 percent of its territory, the officials said.

Nevertheless, Bolton and others attempted to convince the president over the next few days to keep U.S. forces in Syria, but he decided against it — leading to Mattis’ resignation, according to reports.

Getting American forces out of brushfire wars in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, while not popular with the Washington establishment, is something POTUS Trump promised on the campaign trail in 2016.

And during a tense back-and-forth on Thursday with CNN‘s Wolf Blitzer, White House adviser Stephen Miller defended the president’s decision.

“This president got elected to get our foreign policy back on the right track after years of being adrift. One foreign policy blunder after another in Iraq and Afghanistan and Libya hasn’t worked out for our national interest,” Miller continued.

Miller also talked “of a country that through several administrations had an absolutely catastrophic foreign policy that cost trillions and trillions of dollars and thousands and thousands of lives that made the Middle East more unstable and more dangerous.”

“And let’s talk about Syria,” he continued. “Let’s talk about the fact — ISIS is the enemy of Russia. ISIS is the enemy of Assad. ISIS is the enemy of Turkey. Are we supposed to stay in Syria for generation after generation, spilling American blood to fight the enemies of all those countries?”

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9 Comments on Trump’s decision to pull troops out of Syria came after he stumped Bolton with one question

  1. President Trump, is doing what he was elected to do. Listening to the corrupted news media is like getting bad advise from misinformed sources and believing it.

  2. TexanForever Thompson // December 22, 2018 at 11:42 am // Reply

    Once again Trump is using logic in his decisions when his advisors differ with each other. The man is amazing. … Why can’t these returning troops be reassigned to the border until the wall gets built? … Border defense is national defense.
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  3. TexanForever > Exactly!!!

  4. Clarioncaller // December 22, 2018 at 1:18 pm // Reply

    This is the exact same rationale used by the President to fire Comey. He used the Rosenstein memo to justify the firing and was immediately ‘cold cocked’ with SC Mueller.

    • It’s a rationale only possible from an outsider, an independent person, considering US interests. I’m happy Trump has enraged the deep state. The deep state enabled ISIS.

  5. I’ve read that Trump asked Rosey to write the memo, he did so out of duty and now is bitter because it was manipulation: he did not want to write it, and did not want Comey’s firing?

    • Consider your sources. RR has been defiant since before Trump was president. Perhaps Trump asked for a summary from RR. RR would have never sold out a fellow conspirator unless he had a motive of entrapment. Entrapment is his MO, as we have seen numerous times.

  6. I love everything that our president Trump is doing, with only one exception He is been blind sided by the true domestic enemies of our home land, we all know who that enemy is the TRUE ELITIST THE 1%, THE ONE ONLY TRIBE THAT CAN PRINT MONEY, OWN, ALL MEANS OF COMMUNICATION, CONTROL OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM, OUR REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT ACROSS THE BOARD, FROM CITY, COUNTY, STATE, AND FEDERAL INCLUDING SUPREME COURT, THE ONES THAT HAVE BEEN DESTROYING OUR CONSTITITUTION, AND OUR FREEDOMS, THE ONES THAT ARE ALWAYS INOCENT OF ALL DOINGS, AND BLAME THE DEAD ONES AS THE ENEMIES, AND HIS NOT ONLY WORKING ALONG WITH THEM IN THE WHITE HOUSE, SURRUNDED BY THEM, BUT EVEN HIS HOME HAS BEEN INFILTRATED BY SATANS SEED. SO YOU ALL TELL ME ARE WE TRULY GETTING RID OF OUR DOMESTIC ENEMIES BECAUSE WE DO NOT HAVE NOR EVER HAD FOREIGN ENEMIES OTHER THAN THE ONES THE ELITES, THE ZIONIST CABBALS, JESUITS, MASONS, THERE ARE SO MANY LABLES THAT THEY USE IN ORDER FOR US NOT TO PIN POINT THEM AS THE TRUE ENEMIES OF HUMANITY , NOW WHO IS GOING TO POINT THAT FACT TO OUR PRESIDENT, WHEN HE ALREADY HAVE GRAND SONS WITH SATAN’S SEED IN THEM

  7. John Nicholoft // December 24, 2018 at 3:09 am // Reply

    Drop the all caps. I immediately go to the next comment. Very irritating.

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