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."

Go deeper: Elizabeth Warren backs "idea" of a Green New Deal

Go deeper

17 mins ago - Health

How to help save 130,000 lives

People wear face masks outside Grand Central Terminal in New York City. Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images

Nearly 130,000 fewer people will die of COVID-19 this winter if 95% of Americans wear face masks in public, according to research published Friday.

Why it matters: “Increasing mask use is one of the best strategies that we have right now to delay the imposition of social distancing mandates," Dr. Christopher Murray of the University of Washington told the N.Y. Times.

Updated 1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Politics: Trump claims COVID "will go away" during debate.
  2. Sports: The youth sports exodus continues — Big Ten football is back.
  3. Health: FDA approves Gilead's remdesivir as treatment How the pandemic might endMany U.S. deaths were avoidable.
  4. Retail: Santa won't greet kids at Macy's this year.
  5. World: Spain and France exceed 1 million cases.
5 hours ago - World

Israel and Sudan begin normalization process after call with Trump

Trump announces the news in the Oval Office. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

Sudan and Israel announced today that they will “end the state of belligerence” between them and start the process of normalizing ties.

Driving the news: The announcement came after a phone call hosted by President Trump with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, and the head of Sudan's governing council, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.

Get Axios AM in your inbox

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!