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The top U.S. general in charge of military operations in the Middle East on Tuesday said he was not consulted prior to President Trump’s announcement that he would withdraw all 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria.
“I was not aware of the specific announcement,” U.S. Central Command (Centcom) commander Gen. Joseph Votel said while appearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Certainly we are aware that he has expressed a desire and an intent in the past to depart Syria.”
The article goes on to state the following:
Pressed further by Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) on whether he was not consulted ahead of Trump’s December announcement, Votel replied, “I was not consulted.”
In his testimony, Votel became the latest top official to warn that taking pressure off ISIS could allow the terrorist group to resurge.
This morning, I asked Gen. Joseph Votel, the Commander of U.S. Central Command, if he was aware of the President’s plan to withdraw troops from Syria prior to the WH announcement.
His answer? “I was not consulted.” pic.twitter.com/2O0iJxvX5s
— Senator Angus King (@SenAngusKing) February 5, 2019
— Barbara Starr (@barbarastarrcnn) February 5, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) February 5, 2019
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