“We must always have the backs of our allies, if we expect them to have our back. The Kurds were instrumental in our successful fight against ISIS in Syria. Leaving them to die is a big mistake. #TurkeyIsNotOurFriend,” Haley, who also served as governor of South Carolina, wrote in a tweet.
“Donald Trump is not a Commander-in-Chief. He makes impulsive decisions with no knowledge or deliberation. He sends military personnel into harm’s way with no backing. He blusters and then leaves our allies exposed when adversaries call his bluff or he confronts a hard phone call,” McGurk, who also served in the Obama administration, wrote in a tweet.
The former diplomat said in another tweet that Trump’s decision “demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of anything happening on the ground” and added in a separate tweet that it was “malpractice.”
“Bottom line: Trump tonight after one call with a foreign leader provided a gift to Russia, Iran, and ISIS,” McGurk wrote.
Republican Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina also sharply criticized Trump’s decision, with Romney, who Trump attacked on Twitter last weekend, saying the move “is a betrayal” to the US’ Kurdish allies in Syria.
“It says that America is an unreliable ally; it facilitates ISIS resurgence; and it presages another humanitarian disaster,” Romney wrote.