‘Insane’ to question U.S. credibility after Trump’s Kurdish crisis, Pompeo says

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October 25, 2019 - 4:49 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens as US President Donald Trump speaks about Syria in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, DC. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

WICHITA — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo aggressively defended President Donald Trump on Thursday against criticism that his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from northeastern Syria would inflict lasting damage on America’s credibility with its allies.

In an interview with The Wichita Eagle and The Kansas City Star, Pompeo said that Trump is good for his word and that, “what the president said he would do, he did it.”

Trump’s sudden decision to withdraw U.S. forces earlier this month from northeastern Syria infuriated the region’s Kurdish population, which viewed the move as a betrayal after its soldiers had fought alongside the U.S. military against Islamic State.

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