BREAKING NEWS Arrest made in West Lafayette bank robbery Full Story

Ron Paul: Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria is 'fantastic'

Former presidential candidate and congressman Ron Paul supports President Donald Trump's widely criticized d...

Posted: Dec 24, 2018 10:00 AM
Updated: Dec 24, 2018 10:00 AM

Former presidential candidate and congressman Ron Paul supports President Donald Trump's widely criticized decision to pull more than 2,000 US troops from Syria, calling his announcement "fantastic."

"I don't see it as a political event as much as he had good defense. He campaigned on it. He said it was a bad war. He wanted to get out," Paul said Saturday on CNN's "Smerconish." "I think he's doing great. I think it's fantastic that he's doing it."

Continents and regions

Donald Trump

Middle East

Middle East and North Africa

Political Figures - US

Ron Paul

Syria

Military

Unrest, conflicts and war

North America

The Americas

United States

Trump's decision drew outcry from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, with one administration official saying "the President's decision-by-tweet will recklessly put American and allied lives in danger around the world."

And a day after his announcement, Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned, writing that Trump should have a secretary of defense whose views are "better aligned" with his own. A day after that the US envoy to the coalition to fight ISIS resigned as well, also in part beacuse of the Syria decision.

But Paul said Trump did the right thing.

"I like people who stand out on principle in spite of their personal biases, and I think this is good. I'm so happy that he's going to maybe move it on to Afghanistan," Paul said.

When asked if the planned US withdrawal of troops from the country will leave the Kurds -- who fought ISIS alongside American forces -- vulnerable, Paul said the US needs to determine if it is an empire or a republic.

"This is the whole point: Should we start our debate and our plans from the assumption that we have the moral obligation to run an empire -- that we are the great nation, we spread American exceptionalism and therefore we have this moral obligation -- or should we believe in a republic and we have no business there, which is designed by the Constitution?" Paul said.

Paul, a libertarian and the father of Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, said the US needs to "have a clean cut" with military involvement in the Middle East.

"This is a teeny, teeny step away from the militant empire that we operate, and it's so impractical, but it's a step in the right direction," Paul said.

Paul said the decision had more to do with a call between Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan than domestic politics, but that the President's execution and timing "could've been much better."

"Diplomatically, he does a poor job even when he's doing the right thing," he said.

Article Comments

West Lafayette
Clear
45° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: °
Kokomo
Clear
47° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 41°
Rensselaer
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 40°
Fowler
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 40°
Williamsport
Overcast
47° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 42°
Crawfordsville
Scattered Clouds
47° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 42°
Frankfort
51° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 51°
Delphi
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 41°
Monticello
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 41°
Logansport
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 40°
Windy Wednesday, but Sunny and Seasonal this Afternoon.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Community Events