Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday said that he is “gravely concerned” about the U.S. strategy in Syria and warned that the withdrawal of U.S. troops would create a “power vacuum” in the region.
“I am gravely concerned by recent events in Syria and by our nation’s apparent response thus far,” McConnell said in a statement.
“Withdrawing American leadership from this pivotal region would not serve our nation’s short-, medium-, or long-term interests. It would only make a troubling situation much worse, not only for regional partners such as Israel and Jordan but for the United States as well,” he continued.
McConnell didn’t directly mention President Trump in his statement. But his comments came minutes before Trump, in a string of tweets, boasted about largely removing troops from Syria.