Four-star general: Trump didn't consult me, not anyone, and I run the place
General Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command, who is in charge of all forces in the regions surrounding Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, says that President Donald Trump didn't even talk to him before deciding to pull troops out of the area.
When he was asked during a Tuesday hearing held by the Senate Armed Services Committee if Trump consulted him or others beforehand, he replied:
“We were not, I was not consulted."
"I was not aware of the specific announcement. Certainly we are aware that he had expressed a desire and intent in the past to depart Iraq, depart Syria."
In addition to this, General Votel said that Trump was wrong when he claimed ISIS was defeated.
"The fight against ISIS and violent extremists is not over, and our mission has not changed," Votel said.
A Defense Department Inspector General report backs the general up, saying ISIS "absent sustained [counterterrorism] pressure, ISIS could likely resurge in Syria within six to twelve months and regain limited territory."
"We do have to keep pressure on this network, it is a resilient network. It does have certain components that are still left in it, although they are dispersed and disaggregated they have the capability of coming back together if we don't," Votel said.
It's really hard to believe that the guy in charge of all the troops in the middle east wasn't even spoken to before such a major decision.
It's no wonder that Trump's own party even overwhelmingly rebuked the president on Tuesday when they advanced legislation which denounces the withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan.
While the move was mostly symbolic, the senators voted 70-26 saying that the Trump administration has more to do in the region, and drastically reducing troops prematurely would be a grave mistake for defeating America's enemies.