Trump Defends Syria Withdrawal: 'It's Not Our Border'; Republicans Push Back

10.16.2019 - By The NPR Politics Podcast

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President Trump is defending his decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria, saying, "They have a problem at the border; it's not our border," and that "they've got a lot of sand over there. There's a lot of sand they can play with." This episode: political correspondent Asma Khalid, political reporter Tim Mak, and national security editor Phil Ewing. Email the show at Find and support your local public radio station at

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