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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) walked out of an explosive White House meeting with President Donald Trump and administration officials regarding his decision to withdraw U.S. Special Forces from Northern Syria, abandoning Kurdish allies who were crucial in the containment of ISIS.

During the closed door meeting, Trump called Pelosi a "third-rate politician" and accused Democrats of favoring ISIS. Pelosi stressed to the President how Russia was seeking a foothold in the region and claimed that "all roads with [him] lead to Putin."

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President Donald Trump was warned by both sides of the aisle that abandoning our Kurdish allies in Northern Syria would pave the way for Turkey to commit atrocities and acts of war against the Syrian Kurds.

Nevertheless, Trump went through with his plan and sure enough, within days of U.S. withdrawal, Turkish forces moved in and now hundreds of Kurds are dead.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 30: (AFP OUT) U.S President Donald Trump looks on during a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the Oval Office of the White House on June 30, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump and President Moon will hold an Oval Office meeting and then give joint statements in the Rose Garden. (Photo by Olivier Douliery - Pool/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump shocked the foreign policy community on Monday morning after announcing that U.S. troops had begun withdrawing from Northern Syria, abandoning Kurdish fighters who were instrumental in decimating the ISIS caliphate and currently still hold numerous Islamic State fighters in custody.

Without U.S. presence, the Kurds—and their ability to contain remaining ISIS fighters—are left vulnerable to Turkish aggression.

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