On Monday, televangelist Pat Roberts stated that Donald Trump is at serious risk of “losing the mandate of heaven” over his decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria and allow Turkey to move into the region.
The 700 Club host, who has long been an evangelical ally of Trump’s, joined several other prominent conservatives throughout Monday to condemn the move. Trump’s actions will most likely result in the deaths of Kurdish forces who have helped the United States fight the Islamic State.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I want to say right now,” Robertson declared in a video clip shared on Twitter by Right Wing Watch. “I am absolutely appalled that the United States is gonna betray those democratic forces in northern Syria, that we’re possibly gonna allow the Turks to come in against the Kurds.
Robertson went on to state that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a “thug” who has become a dictator in Turkey. He added that the Turkish strongman is no ally of the U.S.
He mentioned the brutal murder and dismemberment of Washington Post contributor and Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, who resided in Virginia. Khashoggi was killed last year in Turkey at the Saudi Arabian Embassy.
“The president who allowed Khashoggi to be cut in pieces without any repercussions whatsoever is now allowing the Christians and the Kurds to be massacred by the Turks,” Robertson said. “And I believe — and I want to say this with great solemnity — the president of the United States is in danger of losing the mandate of heaven if he permits this to happen.”
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." pic.twitter.com/YGeNYpbGrF
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) October 7, 2019
Following Trump’s announcement that the U.S. would be moving troops out, there was major backlash from both Democrats and Republicans, who typically support Trump.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of Trump’s most vocal supporters, called for bipartisan sanctions against Turkey if the country invades Syria. He also stated that he will call to suspend Turkey’s membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) if it attacks Kurdish forces there.
Nikki Haley, Trump’s former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has also spoken out calling Trump’s actions “a big mistake.”