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The Media Has Been Telling You Trump’s Syria Withdrawal Is A Gift To Putin. It’s Not, Here’s Why

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President Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States would withdraw its forces from northeastern Syria sparked a political firestorm in Washington D.C. that still has not subsided one week later.

As the White House finds itself bombarded by criticism from all sides over this decision, one line of attack has gained particular steam. Trump’s change of course on Syria is nothing less than a gift to Russian President Vladimir Putin and a surrender of American national interests to Moscow, his opponents in the media and on Capitol Hill insist.