By abruptly withdrawing from Syria, President Trump is handing a great big Christmas gift to Vladimir Putin of Russia and to the Ayatollah Khamenei of Iran. And it's a pretty clear guidepost for me when there is a foreign policy decision that's shared by Vladimir Putin and Rand Paul, that's a pretty good sign it's a terrible idea.
On a bipartisan basis, members of the Senate are pleading with President Trump to reconsider. To think that possibly his most senior generals and most experienced military leaders might be right. We shouldn't fumble the ball on the five yard line. The mission against ISIS, where the United States built a coalition of dozens of countries, is on the verge of winning, of completely shutting down ISIS in Syria.
And for us to withdraw right now and abandon our Kurdish allies, paves a highway for control of Syria for either Iran and Russia or Turkey, none of which is a good outcome. And profoundly disorients our allies who came into this fight alongside us and weren't consulted and weren't given enough of a heads-up.