Ian Bremmer: "Assad Has Won" In Syria; Interesting Thing Is Trump Waited Two Years


CBS News senior global affairs contributor and Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss President Trump's decision to withdraw all U.S. ground troops from Syria.

Bremmer said the U.S. withdrawal will not create a vacuum but will instead empower Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

"Assad has won," he said. "Obama said Assad must go. Obama is gone, Assad is still there. It is embarrassing to admit that Assad has won, but five million Syrian refugees and 500,000 dead Syrians from the war already know that."

"So the fact that we're cutting and running -- it wasn't as if the U.S. had the leverage on the ground. That was the Russians, Iranians, and Turks. Those were the countries that were willing to commit a lot because Syria mattered as a high priority of foreign policy to those countries. For the U.S., it did not," he said. "For someone like President Trump, who has been saying I want to get those guys out. The interesting thing is he waited for two years, obviously Mattis and others have a lot less influence today than they did before. But it is not that this is such a surprise."

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