Televangelist and vocal Trump supporter Pat Robertson says he is “absolutely appalled” by President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria as Turkey prepares an offensive in the area and warned that Trump “is in danger of losing the mandate of Heaven if he permits this to happen.”
“I am absolutely appalled that the United States is going to betray those Democratic forces in northern Syria, that we possibly are going to allow the Turkish to come in against the Kurds,” he said on his show “The 700 Club” on Monday.
“The President of the United States is in danger of losing the mandate of Heaven if he permits this to happen,” he added.
The televangelist called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan a “thug” and a “dictator” and said he was not an American ally.
“The president, who allowed [Jamal] Khashoggi to be cut in pieces without any repercussions whatsoever, is now allowing the Christians and the Kurds to be massacred by the Turks,” he said.
President Trump announced his order for U.S. troops to retreat from northeast Syria, allowing Turkey to move forward with an offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces that assisted fighting against ISIS.
Many conservatives, including typical allies to Trump such as Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have blasted the president for his decision.