Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday praised President Trump’s surprise decision to pull out of Syria, even as the United States’ closest allies criticized the move and said they will remain in the war-ridden country due to the Islamic State’s threat.
“If the USA made that decision, then it’s the right one,” Putin said during the annual press conference on Thursday. He noted that the presence of American troops in Syria was “illegal” because the Assad government never agreed to it.
“Donald is right, I agree with him,” the Russian leader added, pointing to Trump’s remarks that the Islamic State has been largely defeated.
If there was ever a time when Trump should not ‘pull out early’ it is now.