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Susan Rice Rips Trump's Syria Troop Withdrawal as 'Appalling'

Former national security advisor Susan Rice
Former national security advisor Susan Rice. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 08 October 2019 07:36 AM

Former national security adviser Susan Rice called President Donald Trump's decision to pull troops from northern Syria "bats**t crazy."

Rice made her comment during a Monday interview on the CBS program "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." The show's Twitter account posted a video excerpt of the interview.

Rice, who served in the Obama administration, said: "I woke up this morning to hear that news, and as I do — it seems like six days a week — I just put my head in my hands. This is "bats**t crazy."

Trump's decision has sparked criticism from some of his closest congressional allies.

In addition, Kurdish fighters who fought alongside American forces against the Islamic State would essentially be left on their own to face a possible Turkish assault.

"These are the people who for the last four years have been fighting on our behalf, with our equipment to defeat ISIS, and they have done it with enormous efficacy, and they've sacrificed immensely, and we basically just said to them, 'See ya,'" Rice said.

"It's just appalling because we promised the Kurds our partnership, and we promised them that if they worked with us to defeat our common enemy, then we would stand with them. And Trump woke up on the wrong side of the bed it appears and decided nevermind, which is why suddenly Republicans in Congress have gotten a pulse today."

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