Europe’s Response to Withdrawal of US Troops from Syria

President Trump’s unilateral decision to withdraw all troops from Syria, combined with the resulting resignation of Defense Secretary General James Mattis, have placed a worried Europe on notice that the USA is, in their mind, a completely unreliable “partner.” Facing perceived threats from an expanding nuclear Russia and considering President Trump’s “unpredictable” and “chaotic” decisions, the EU feels compelled to create a unified army as soon as possible.