Some of President Trump’s strongest supporters in the Republican Party, including Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, are denouncing his decision to remove US forces from the outposts in northeast Syria to clear the way for a Turkish avatar. Huh. Graham also threatened US action against Turkey if he invades Syria and attacks Kurdish forces, which helped defeat the US military.
The White House announced late Sunday that US troops “would no longer be in the immediate area” and that the troop’s departure is considered a betrayal of Kurds by some lawmakers who have fought to fight ISIS after comments on the Syrian-Turkish border For years with the US Army
Graham, who is one of the president’s closest allies, warned that should Turkey invade Syria, Congress would impose bipartisan sanctions that it expects to be “veto-proof” and has already spoken to Democratic Senator Chris Is about van Hollen’s sanctions. If they attack Kurdish allies, Graham said he would ask NATO for Turkey’s suspension.
“We have sent the most dangerous signal possible by abandoning the Kurds – the US is an incredible ally and it is a while before China, Russia, Iran and North Korea act dangerously,” he said in a series of tweets.
He said he felt “very bad” for the American personnel and allies who have sacrificed to destroy ISIS “because this decision actually assures a recurrence of ISIS.”
The president said, “Radicals can get tired of fighting Islam. They are not tired of fighting us.” He warned that “the decision to abandon our Kurdish allies and convert Syria into Russia, Iran, and Turkey will put every radical Islamist on steroids.” It is “to shoot bad people in the arm” and “[d] is destructive to good people.”
Former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley also warned, “We should always back our allies if we expect them to back us. The Kurds are instrumental in our successful fight against ISIS in Syria Were. They have to leave to die. ” big mistake. #Turkey_Note Officer
Florida Senator Marco Rubio tweeted, “If the news of the US retreat in # Syria is accurate, the Trump administration has made a grave mistake that will have far more impact than Syria.” He said this would “confirm Iran’s view of this administration”, possibly leading to an increase in their attacks and possibly a wider regional war.
Maine Senator Susan Collins called it “a very mindless decision by the President”.
Utah Senator Mitt Romney, who is one of the few Republicans to criticize the president on other issues, also tweeted that the pullback is a “betrayal” that says America is an “unbelievable ally.” He said “ISIS facilitates a resurgence” and “prevents another humanitarian disaster.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was slightly more silent but said on “Fox and Friends” that “if you make a commitment, and someone is fighting with you, America should keep its word.” He also said that he would talk to the president. Host Brian Kilmiede urged McCarthy, “Call the president, before it’s too late.”
President Trump at length defended his decision on Twitter, arguing, “The Kurds fought with us, but were paid huge sums of money and equipment to do so,” and their battle with Turkey “has been going on for decades. was.”
The fight against ISIS, he went on to suggest, is a regional problem. “Turkey, Europe, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Russia and the Kurds will now … have to find out the situation, and what they want to do with the ISIS fighters caught in their ‘neighborhood’.” He wrote, “We wrote.” 7000 miles away and will crush ISIS again if they come anywhere around us! “
He said in another tweet that “If Turkey does anything that I do in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider going beyond the border, I will completely destroy Turkey’s economy (I have done it before!) . “