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U.S. House overwhelmingly votes to condemn Trump’s Syrian troop withdrawal

Oct 17, 2019 |

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Colorado’s delegation, Democrats and Republicans alike, join in rebuke of president

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday approved a resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria.

The resolution passed the House with broad bipartisan support, delivering a stinging rebuke to the president. The final vote was 354-60.

Democratic and Republican lawmakers in both chambers have slammed the president after he ordered the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the region. Critics blame the decision for allowing a Turkish incursion into the region that targeted U.S. Kurdish allies.

“Since President Trump gave Turkey the green light to attack our Kurdish partners, Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate have been united in our swift and serious condemnation of this reckless action, which threatens countless lives, endangers our Kurdish partners and undermines our credibility in the world,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said this week in a joint statement.

The resolution states that “an abrupt withdrawal of United States military personnel from certain parts of Northeast Syria is beneficial to adversaries of the United States government, including Syria, Iran, and Russia.” It says that lawmakers oppose the troop withdrawal and it calls on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to immediately cease unilateral military action in northeast Syria.

Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) was among the Republicans who voted to rebuke Trump.

“I think that most people are upset that Turkey would attack the Kurds in the way that they are, and I think that the United States could have done more to try to prevent the kind of terrorist attacks that Turkey is reacting to, and at the same time prevent the kind of bloodshed that’s going on there,” Buck said in an interview Wednesday.

Democratic members of Colorado’s congressional delegation took to Twitter to highlight their concerns over Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria.“11,000 Kurds died helping us defeat ISIS. Now Trump is leaving them to risk being slaughtered by Turkey,” Rep. Diana DeGette of Denver tweeted. “America doesn’t betray its allies. We are better than this.”

Trump dismissed criticisms of his policy on Wednesday, saying the area is “not our border,” and calling Kurdish forces “no angels,” according to NBC.

A Senate version of the resolution has also been introduced by Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.).

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, slammed the president’s move in an interview with reporters in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

“I hope he will reconsider, stop the bloodshed and reset the table before it’s too late,” Graham said. “His decision and line of thinking was against all sound military advice.”

After the vote, Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner said in a tweet that he is helping to lead a similar measure in the Senate, calling Trump’s decision a “grave mistake that’ll result in more instability, create a vacuum for ISIS & lead to a humanitarian crisis.”

“The decision to withdraw troops in Syria fails to protect allies who gave their lives alongside out troops to accomplish U.S. objectives and fails to facilitate our continued efforts against ISIS,” he said in a statement.

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