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GOP Rep Adam Kinzinger Regrets That Trump Is Relying on Rand's 'Talking Points'

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More than one national Republican disapproves of President Trump's surprise decision to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) called it a "grave mistake," while Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called it a "disaster" and predicted what we can now expect in the region.

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) used it as another opportunity to instruct the president to stop taking cues from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).

Kinzinger, who served as a pilot in the Air Force, has shared his frustrations with Sen. Paul and his anti-war mentality before. In a Fox News Radio interview back in January, Kinzinger criticized Paul's foreign policy by calling him "a very weak person." 

The decision to fight terrorism is not one we make that is made for us the decision we have is where do we fight terrorism. And when Rand Paul, who wants to retreat from Afghanistan, retreat from Syria, something will fill that vacuum and it is chaos and terror that comes along. So he is absolutely wrong on this and as you mentioned his is just and it's a legitimate philosophy of isolationism, I don't I don't begrudge somebody that has a different philosophy but to pretend like that is Republicanism and that is strength is completely incorrect.

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The same goes for the more hawkish Republican representative Liz Cheney. Last month, after reports that Trump had planned to meet with the Taliban at Camp David for peace talks and Sen. Paul supported it, she accused him of prioritizing terrorists before Americans.

If the president proceeds with his plan to remove U.S. troops from Syria, Sen. Graham pledged to introduce a Senate resolution opposing it and asking for reversal of this decision. 

He expects it will receive "strong bipartisan support."

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