MSNBC Panelist Rips Trump’s Visit to Troops in Iraq: It’s ‘Important, But He’s Doing This Backwards’

Mieke Eoyang, vice president for the National Security Program at think tank Third Way, criticized President Donald Trump‘s surprise trip to visit U.S. troops in Iraq as “backwards.”

“Look, I think it’s important that the president goes and visits the troops, but he’s doing this backwards,” Eoyang said. “His decision to pull out of Syria when the fight against ISIS is not quite finished…and then going to visit the troops after that.”

Trump announced last week that the U.S. would be withdrawing troops from Syria, in a move that has drawn criticism from foreign policy experts and led to the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis and top ISIS envoy Brett McGurk. On Wednesday, Trump visited U.S. troops deployed in Iraq, and said he had “no plans” to withdraw from the country.

“Typically what you would want is a president to go out to visit the troops, see what’s going on on the ground, have conversations with his generals, actually meet with the secretary of defense, instead of slamming the door on him, and then make a decision about what the right thing is to do here,” Eoyang continued.

“Instead, he’s done this all backwards. In fact, the way he’s done this, even if it is the right decision ultimately, the way that he’s done it will cause more chaos in the region, because it’s a precipitous withdraw, not coordinated with our allies.”

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