Although President Trump defended his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria on Wednesday, Fox News National Security Correspondent Jennifer Griffin fact-checked his latest claims that U.S. soldiers are safe and that Syria is “protecting the Kurds,” according to Newsweek.
Trump on Wednesday reeled back on Wednesday and claimed that the Turkish offensives against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in the region “has nothing to do with us.”
“Our soldiers are out of there. Our soldiers are totally safe. They’ve got to work it out,” the president said. “Syria’s protecting the Kurds, that’s good. And by the way, every player hates ISIS.”
Yet, Griffin rebuked his remarks and said, “Syria is not protecting the Kurds, and U.S. troops are not yet safe. The president just ordered 2,000 U.S. troops to Saudi Arabia.”
“I’m told U.S. troops in Syria are still racing to try to protect classified materials and valuable military equipment as the Turkish military and Russian-backed forces move toward those abandoned U.S. bases and in some cases take over outposts the U.S. had to leave hastily following the president’s decision,” she added.
She continued: “They will be repositioned elsewhere in the Middle East. The U.S. military is collapsing patrol bases in northern Syria and will pull back to one base in north-east Syria from which they will be airlifted out. It is an extremely dangerous evacuation that is underway according to military commanders.”
Griffin later took to Twitter to further fact-check Trump. The president suggested that the Kurdish Workers Party “is probably worse at terror, more of a terror threat in many ways, than ISIS.”
“Not a single National Security adviser to the president would agree with that statement,” she said, labelling the statement as a “Turkish talking point.”