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Critics of President Donald Trump’s decision Thursday to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria have begun to call for his removal from office — with one even referring to a military coup.

Conservative pundit Erick Erickson, a “Never Trumper” who rallied to the president’s side during the fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, suggested on Twitter that Trump would face a “military coup” in a “lesser country.”

The common thread among these critics appeared to be the conviction that Trump could not govern without help from experienced hands like Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who resigned Wednesday.

Prominent Never Trump pundit Bill Kristol made the case for alarm — albeit without calling for the president to be forced out of office, at least this time: “Never been more alarmed for the nation since coming to D.C. over three decades ago,” he tweeted.

Others, like MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, returned to the familiar theory that Trump is acting as a puppet for Russian President Vladimir Putin in his foreign policy decisions.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.