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The Rev. Pat Robertson. (Steve Helber/AP)

The Rev. Pat Robertson. (Steve Helber/AP)
The Rev. Pat Robertson. (Steve Helber/AP)

Influential televangelist and Christian Broadcasting Network founder Pat Robertson is the latest of President Trump’s longtime supporters to decry the president’s decision to abandon the United States’ Kurdish allies in Syria as Turkish forces approach.

“I believe … the president of the United States is in danger of losing the mandate of heaven if he permits this to happen,” Robertson said during the Monday episode of his CBN show, “The 700 Club.”

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Televangelist says Trump may lose ‘mandate of heaven’

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Pat Robertson is “appalled” by Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria: “The President of the United States is in great danger of losing the mandate of Heaven if he permits this to happen.”

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In his unusually fiery criticism of Trump, Robertson said he was “appalled” by the president’s decision, implying it was a betrayal to Kurdish allies. Robertson went on to invoke the Armenian genocide, in which the Turkish government killed thousands of Armenian Christians amid World War I and the killing of Washington Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was assassinated last year in the Saudi Consulate in Turkey.

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“The president, who allowed Khashoggi to be cut into pieces without any repercussions whatsoever, is now allowing the Christians and the Kurds to be massacred by the Turks,” Robertson said. He additionally blasted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — with whom Trump has a friendly rapport — as a “thug” and a “dictator.”

Republicans deliver rare rebuke of Trump, slamming his Syria withdrawal decision

“Now our government is saying you have a free hand to go into Syria, take out the democratic forces and take out the Kurds,” Robertson said.

U.S. and Kurdish forces have fought side by side in northern Syria for five years in an effort to extinguish the Islamic State’s so-called caliphate.

In tweets Tuesday, Trump continued to defend his decision, denying that the move was tantamount to abandoning U.S. allies.

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We may be in the process of leaving Syria, but in no way have we Abandoned the Kurds, who are special people and wonderful fighters. Likewise our relationship with Turkey, a NATO and Trading partner, has been very good. Turkey already has a large Kurdish population and fully….

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We may be in the process of leaving Syria, but in no way have we Abandoned the Kurds, who are special people and wonderful fighters. Likewise our relationship with Turkey, a NATO and Trading partner, has been very good. Turkey already has a large Kurdish population and fully….

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….understands that while we only had 50 soldiers remaining in that section of Syria, and they have been removed, any unforced or unnecessary fighting by Turkey will be devastating to their economy and to their very fragile currency. We are helping the Kurds financially/weapons!

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Trump has defended his Monday decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the Syria-Turkey border, even after it was met with heavy criticism from Democrats and staunch Republican allies, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sens. Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.).

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President Trump’s plan, announced Oct. 7, to pull U.S. troops from Syria provoked rebukes from Republican members of Congress. (Reuters)
Graham called the move a “shot in the arm to the bad guys,” while Toomey raised concerns that the withdrawal would hurt the United States’ credibility worldwide.

Standing by Donald Trump, Pat Robertson calls lewd video ‘macho talk’

Trump typically receives little, if any, pushback from his own party members and loyal supporters, including Robertson. The conservative Christian TV personality (and onetime GOP presidential candidate) notably stood by Trump when his lewd comments about sexually assaulting women captured during a 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape were made public amid the 2016 presidential campaign.

Robertson dismissed Trump’s comments as “macho” talk and even compared the then-candidate to a phoenix. Other evangelical Christian leaders such as Jerry Falwell Jr. and James Dobson similarly remained steady in their support of Trump at the time — as did most white evangelicals voters, 81 percent of whom backed Trump in 2016.

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As of Monday, Falwell appeared to be one of Trump’s few die-hard supporters who approved of the president’s decision in Syria, telling the Associated Press it was simply Trump following through on a promise to keep U.S. soldiers out of “endless wars.”


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