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Top General in Middle East Says He Wasn’t Consulted on Syria Withdrawal

February 06, 2019 / Charles S. Clark

The top U.S. commander in the Middle East on Tuesday told lawmakers that he was not consulted before President Trump abruptly announced the U.S. withdrawal from Syria. It has been widely reported that the Pentagon was surprised by the move delivered via a tweet in December but U.S. Central Command commander Gen. Joseph Votel provided the first public confirmation during what will likely be his final appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee.