Jan 3, 2019

Warren supports withdrawing troops from Syria, Afghanistan

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who has announced an exploratory committee for a 2020 presidential run, voiced support for the idea of withdrawing troops from Syria and Afghanistan during an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Wednesday night.

The big picture: The decision by the Trump administration to withdraw troops from Syria has drawn heavy criticism from the national security sector. Warren said that the answer from the foreign policy establishment to the situation in the Middle East seems to be, "Stay forever. That is not a policy. We can't do that." She does, however, believe the plan should be coordinated with allies and disagrees with President Trump conducting "foreign policy by tweet."

Warren also told MSNBC that candidates should "not be self-funding," and that "they should not be funded from PACs from other billionaires."

"I think this is a moment for all of the Democratic nominees, as they come into the race, to say in a Democratic primary we are going to link arms and we're going to say grassroots funding. No to the billionaires."

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