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Trump tweets attack video against Mitt Romney

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Trump and Romney. Photo: Drew Angerer, Mandel NganAFP/Getty Images

President Trump tweeted a video on Friday that falsely accused Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) of being a "Democrat secret asset" who aimed to "infiltrate Trump's administration as Secretary of State."

The backdrop: Romney is one of many congressional Republicans who have rebuked the president over his decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria in preparation for Turkey's military offensive into the region. Romney said on Senate floor Thursday: "What we have done to the Kurds will stand as a blood stain in the annals of American history."

McConnell: U.S. pullout from Syria sets back fight against terrorism

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Mitch McConnell on Sept. 24, 2019. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the U.S. withdrawal from Syria would set back years of fighting ISIS and other terrorists and allow Iran and Russia to expand their influence in the area, in a Washington Post op-ed on Friday.

Why it matters: McConnell, the most powerful Republican in the Senate, has sharpened his criticism for President Trump's actions in Syria one day after the U.S. reached a cease-fire agreement. That agreement did not prevent clashes from breaking out between Kurdish and Turkish forces on Friday and has not restrained other Trump allies from criticizing his decision to leave the region prior to Turkeys military operation.