CNN's Jake Tapper talks about this busy news week:
CNN, JAKE TAPPER: Hello. I'm Jake Tapper, where the state of our union is just trying to keep up.
President Trump is attempting to defend himself on two fronts this weekend. First, he's railing against the impeachment inquiry led by Democrats in the House.
And we have breaking news on the conflict in Syria. The defense secretary, Mark Esper, announced this morning that the president is now ordering most of the remaining U.S. forces to withdraw from the northern part of that country in the wake of unrest caused by the president's initial order for some U.S. service members to pull back from the Turkish border in Syria.
That move, which affects 1,000 service members this morning, comes as the president is already defending himself against criticism from some of his strongest supporters over the initial withdrawal, which essentially gave Turkey a green light to attack America's strongest allies in the region, the Kurds, who have been stalwart and lost thousands in the fight against ISIS.
Turkey claims it is targeting terrorists, but the current situation has become increasingly desperate. Civilians have been killed. According to the U.N., more than 130,000 people in the region have been displaced.
And horrific videos are circulating that appear to show Kurdish innocents slaughtered.
CNN has additionally learned, in exclusive reporting, that the commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Army told a senior U.S. diplomat -- quote -- "You have given up on us. You are leaving us to be slaughtered."