Marine Vet Backs Syria Withdrawal: 'Reassuring' to See Trump Fulfilling Foreign Policy Promise
A wounded Marine veteran is supporting President Trump's plan to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria despite harsh criticism from many Republicans.
In a tweet Wednesday morning and in a subsequent Twitter video, Trump claimed victory over ISIS, explaining that was "my only reason" for supporting a U.S. troop presence in the war-torn country.
After historic victories against ISIS, it’s time to bring our great young people home! pic.twitter.com/xoNjFzQFTp
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2018
Marine Staff Sgt. Johnny "Joey" Jones (Ret.) -- who lost both of his legs and suffered other permanent injuries in an IED explosion in Afghanistan -- said Trump is making the right move and it's completely on-brand with his campaign messaging.
He said many people may find it surprising to see Trump fulfilling a promise on foreign policy, but he finds it reassuring.
"Compared to the unsurprising way that Bush and Obama kind of gave us these haphazard, ambiguous reasons for staying in war," Jones added.
He said he's not fully on board with Trump's declaration of victory in Syria, but he appreciates a president who follows through on his promise to withdraw U.S. troops from foreign entanglements.
"I deployed to Iraq five years after President Bush declared victory there. I deployed to Afghanistan months after President Obama stated we would pull out, so I understand the necessity to establish a goal, achieve it and then want to come home," Jones said.
Host Brian Kilmeade noted that many Middle East experts and members of Trump's defense team -- including Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo -- have warned that withdrawing from Syria will shift regional power to Russia and Iran, while also giving ISIS room to regroup and and rebuild.
"If they can give us a better goal, maybe we can understand why we stay in war," Jones responded.
Watch the "Fox & Friends" interview above.