US Middle East Commander Was Not Consulted About Troop Withdrawal Decisions

General Joseph Votel, the commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).Screengrab/Senator Angus S. King, Jr./YouTube

President Trump reportedly failed to consult the commander of U.S. Central Command before deciding to leave Syria.

On Tuesday, the commander of U.S. Central Command told the U.S. Senate that President Donald Trump did not consult with him prior to his announcement that he would be withdrawing troops from Syria, according to Task and Purpose.

"I was not aware of the specific announcement," Gen. Joseph Votel said. "Certainly we are aware that he expressed a desire and an intent in the past to depart."

Trump tweeted on December 19: “we have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.” He followed the tweet with a video which claimed that the troops have “won” against ISIS and that they were “coming home.”

Votel said, “I was not consulted.”

Additionally, the Commandant of the Marine Corps admitted to his Marines that he had “no idea” on the specifics of troop withdrawal.

The withdrawal of troops has been slowed to a “deliberate and coordinated” departure, according to the Pentagon.

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