Critics accused the president of betraying allied Kurdish fighters, who are now under attack in a Turkish military offensive in northern Syria.
Trump announced the decision to move US forces from the region of northern Syria bordering Turkey on Sunday, stating that Turkey wanted to begin an operation in the region to resettle Syrian refugees. Where do you stand? Kinzinger rebuked the president's claim, saying the reason USA troops were there in the first place was specifically to prevent an endless war.
USA troops coming out of Syria will stay in the region to monitor ISIS and a small footprint will remain at the Tanf base in southern Syria, he said.
The assault on the Kurds, who misplaced 11,000 fighters within the battle towards ISIS, has lowered their potential to maintain watch on hundreds of the terrorists they're holding in makeshift prisons throughout Syria.
Esper said the USA withdrawal would be done carefully to protect the troops and to ensure that no US equipment was left behind.
The lifelong US military leader said "ISIS is not defeated", despite Trump's repeated claims to the contrary.
"We did not sign up to fight Turkey, a longstanding North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, on behalf of the (Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces)".
Mattis, who is set to appear on Sunday's episode of Meet the Press, told Chuck Todd that he believes ISIS will use the power vacuum created by Turkey's invasion of Northern Syria to reestablish their caliphate. They hope other countries will continue to provide contributions as well.
President Donald Trump has yet to issue a statement on the attack.
Mattis was also critical of Trump's decision to abandon support of Kurdish fighters in the region, arguing that it will make it hard for Washington to make allies in the future.
Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell, normally a staunch Trump supporter, said he was "gravely concerned" by events in Syria and Trump's response so far.
Mattis served as Commander of United States Central Command under Obama at the time and urged Obama not to withdraw the troop. Lindsey Graham of SC, who had lambasted his withdrawal decision last week as "shortsighted", "irresponsible" and "unnerving to its core".
The Turkish assault on SDF positions began last week after Mr. Trump announced that the US would pull a few dozen special operations forces from key buffer zones along the Turkey-Syria border.
"I have been perfectly clear with President Erdogan: Turkey's action is precipitating a humanitarian crisis and setting conditions for possible war crimes", Trump said.
The Kurds have turned to the Syrian government and Russian Federation for military assistance, further complicating the battlefield. The higher tariffs had been imposed when Trump was trying to pressure to Erdogan over the detention of an American pastor, Andrew Brunson. But he tweeted that it shouldn't matter.
New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Trump is weakening America. The official concluded, "U.S. policy has failed". If you are interested in learning more, we will be sending out information in a few weeks.