Santorum: Trump "Stepped In It" With Syria, Republicans "Are Telling Me" They're Rethinking Voting For Trump | Video | RealClearPolitics

Santorum: Trump "Stepped In It" With Syria, Republicans "Are Telling Me" They're Rethinking Voting For Trump

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CNN: Tonight on Cuomo Prime Time, CNN’s Chris Cuomo asked former Sen. Rick Santorum about acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's press briefing, his acknowledgment of a quid pro quo and the ceasefire in Syria. Santorum said of President Trump and Syria, “I just think he has really stepped in it with respect to this. This is a poor decision. It's having really, I think, startling, even startling to him, consequences.”

"This is really bad for the president come November of 2020," Santorum said Thursday. "And I have been hearing from so many Republicans who love Donald Trump, who are telling me for the first time they're taking a step back and they're actually thinking about whether they're going to vote for this man."





Santorum on Trump and Syria: Yeah, look, I've said on this program many times that I agree with the president almost 90% of the time, I agree with him on all economic policy, I agree with him on the border, on so many -- and what he's done in Iran. I just think he has really stepped in it with respect to this. This is a poor decision. It's having really, I think, startling, even startling to him, consequences. I think that’s one of the reasons that he's tried to put the genie back in the bottle here. We can talk substance and how dangerous it is to walk away from one of our closest allies and to allow Turkey to do what they've been doing and – Russia – and Assad.

Santorum on Trump in 2020: There are multiple levels of this is bad. But I want to talk about something that maybe hasn't been talked about. This is really bad for the president come November of 2020. And I have been hearing from so many Republicans who love Donald Trump, who are telling me for the first time they're taking a step back and they're actually thinking about whether they're going to vote for this man. I've heard this from people I'm stunned to hear it from because this was, I just think, reckless. This was not something that we expected from a president who I think at this point has been on the edge on foreign policy. He's done edgy things. But he's done it to try to disrupt things, to try to move North Korea or Iran or others, and I think it was appropriate because we were stuck -- And I think it will affect him with his base. And when you have someone who relies on his base, you can't shake it up and he's doing that.

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