President Donald Trump’s foreign policy decision to pull out troops in Syria has created a “serious split” with the Senate, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said Sunday.
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Johnson lamented the exit of former Defense Secretary James Mattis over the president’s decision.
“As it relates to pulling out of Syria, [it’s] a pretty serious split,” Johnson said the Senate and Trump on the issue.
“I’m not on the ground there, I don't know all the military assets but it's a very bad sign when Secretary Mattis resigns, Brett McGurk [the U.S. envoy to the global coalition fighting ISIS] also resigns because they simply can't carry out the policy,” he added.
“These are people who are intimately knowledgeable on the conditions of the ground, our allies there and they simply couldn't in good conscience stay in office. That's a pretty bad sign.”
“It's just imperative that you actually listen to for example the CIA chief, the director of national intelligence, these people have the real knowledge and you have to listen to them,” Johnson declared.
Johnson, however, defended Trump’s controversial decision to exit the Reagan-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia.
“There's really no treaty in existence when one person is violating and not even admitting to violating it as well,” he said. “This is just something that is natural. Our NATO and European allies completely back the president's move here. Hopefully in the six-month period between the announcement and the final ending of the treaty Russia will come to their senses and verifiably dismantled these batteries.”
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