The Trump administration is making plans to pull all 2,000 American troops out of Syria, U.S. officials confirmed to Fox News on Wednesday.
"We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency," Trump wrote.
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to discuss the Trump administration's plans to pull troops out of Syria.
On his response to Trump drawing back on the fight against ISIS in Syria: I'm kind of speechless about it. I've got a lot to say but I just it in my mind I still don't think it's real. It is, unfortunately. And you know you mentioned about the president campaigning on pulling the troops out, but he also campaign on defeating ISIS and that was this big thing. He said let's build a wall in defeat ISIS and you know when you deal with ISIS and the fact that there's not a single National Security expert out there, that knows what they're talking about at least, that would say ISIS is defeated... I think this is a move that makes absolutely no sense and for the life of me I can't understand how the president came to this conclusion. (2:09)
On war fatigue: ISIS used to be called Al-Qaeda and they had been dealt a very serious blow in Iraq as well. I was part of that. They were basically on the ropes. President Obama said that himself and then we left a left Iraq and ISIS, basically the new named Al Qaeda, came from that. The reality is this, yeah do people feel they have war fatigue? Maybe. The reality is war fatigue, we don't understand what war fatigue is. (3:36)
On how Congress can change this: Well unfortunately Congress's power is basically going to be limited to talking about this. There may be some financial kind of things we can do in bills, but really it's the ability to go out talk to folks and try to convince people and the public-at-large what's really at stake here. The president has a lot of power. I said it under President Obama and President Trump. I support the fact that the president has a lot vested in him as commander-in-chief because you can't have 500 commanders-in-chief, which we would have if the House and Senate did it. I know Mike Pompeo well. I know Ambassador John Bolton well. I can't believe that they're on board with this and I'm sure they're not. Every indication we're getting is this took everybody by surprise including the military.. This would end up being one of the largest strategic blunders I think that I've seen a president make in quite awhile. (6:10)
On if this could get reversed: Is there a chance the president walks this back? Sure and I hope he does, but there's going to be some damage done anyway. Now if the president says okay we're going to stay in Syria how serious do our allies take us? What about the British and French that are there helping us to execute this war? What about our SDF forces on the ground? What about our allies?.. Damage has been done regardless, but severe damage will be done if we leave. (11:35)
On Paul Ryan's time as Speaker: He's a great guy. One of the bravest people I know and obviously in a tough position and I give him credit. He took entitlements very seriously and you know President Trump has said he's not going to touch entitlements that kind of puts them at odds, but he's a smart guy a man of of real principle. I've seen that in numerous occasions and he's going to go have a great life now and I don't think we're going to go to the last of him. (12:59)