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The Latest: GOP’s Graham threatens sanctions against Turkey

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s choice to drag U.S. troops from northern Syria (all instances native):

11:20 a.m.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a prime Republican ally of President Donald Trump, is threatening laws to impose financial sanctions on Turkey if it invades Syria. Graham has Democratic allies and warned that any congressional vote can be overwhelming.

Trump determined to drag again U.S. troops from northern Syria, clearing the best way for an anticipated Turkish assault and primarily abandoning Kurdish fighters who fought alongside American forces to defeat the Islamic State.

His announcement instantly drew pushback from Republican lawmakers.

Graham stated Monday that Trump’s strikes are a “disaster in the making” that will empower IS and Syria. He stated he’s already spoken to Maryland Democrat Chris Van Hollen about drafting the sanctions laws. Graham stated on Twitter that “sanctions against Turkey – if necessary – would be veto-proof.”

Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney additionally weighed in, saying Trump’s “decision to abandon our Kurd allies in the face of an assault by Turkey is a betrayal.”

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9:20 a.m.

President Donald Trump is defending his choice to drag again U.S. troops from northern Syria, clearing the best way for an anticipated Turkish assault and primarily abandoning Kurdish fighters who fought alongside American forces to defeat the Islamic State.

The transfer drew quick outrage from among the Republican president’s closest allies in Congress, with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham calling the choice “a disaster.”

Syria’s Kurds accuse the U.S. of turning its again on its allies and risking features made within the battle towards the Islamic State group.

Trump defended the transfer in a collection of tweets, acknowledging that “The Kurds fought with us” however claiming they “were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so.”

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