Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julían Castro slammed President Trump during Tuesday night's debate for "caging kids on the border and effectively letting ISIS prisoners run free," following Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops from northern Syria.

"You asked the question about how we are going to get people to trust us again? The first thing is we got to boot Donald Trump out of the Oval Office so people will trust us again. The folks this week that saw those images of ISIS prisoners running free to think about how absurd it is that this president is caging kids on the border and effectively letting ISIS prisoners run free. He has made a tremendous mistake, a total disaster in Syria."
— Former HUD Secretary Julían Castro

What he's saying: Castro continued to say that Trump's recent actions will make it difficult for other leaders to "believe anything that this president says." Castro points to the ongoing discussion with North Korea's Kim Jung Un about nuclear weapons:

  • "Why in the world would you believe anything that this president says to contain your nuclear weapons program when he tore up an Iran nuclear agreement that we just signed 4 years ago, which was the strongest agreement to contain Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and now he’s abandoned the very people we gave our word to? "

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President Trump on Wednesday tweeted congratulations to Marjorie Taylor Greene, a vocal QAnon conspiracy theorist who won the Republican nomination in Georgia's deep-red 14th Congressional District runoff.

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