Just a few hours after U.S. allies condemned Donald Trump's decision to withdraw all American troops from Syria, news emerges that he is planning to withdraw nearly half of the U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan within a few months, according to the New York Post.
The report comes even as the United States is known to be in talks with the Taliban, the militant group which controls significant swathes of Afghanistan after U.S. troops toppled it in an offensive back in 2001. Critics argue that Trump is not considering the repercussions of such decisions, with world leaders and American allies expressing shock over the American president's decision to withdraw from Syria.
Not only foreign leaders, but members of Trump's own administration also seem to be at odds with him following his decision to pull troops. Soon after news broke that Trump is considering plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan as well, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis announced his abrupt resignation. It is believed that Mattis opposed Trump's decision to withdraw the troops, as was evident in Mattis' statement after his resignation.
He said Trump had the right to appoint someone "whose views are better aligned with yours," according to the BBC.