Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused President Donald Trump of creating the choice to withdraw troops from northern Syria based mostly on his private “financial conflicts of interests.”
“Trump decision isn’t about drawing down US military involvement at all,” the progressive Democrat who represents New York’s 14th District wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. She additionally shared a hyperlink to a Washington Post article reporting that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had introduced a army offensive into the Syrian area after Trump had ordered U.S. forces to fall again.
“Remember that earlier this year, Trump VETOED Congress’ attempt to end US involvement in the Yemen War,” Ocasio-Cortez identified. “He has significant personal financial conflicts of interest in this situation, among other concerns,” she mentioned.
The president’s determination to withdraw troops from northern Syria has drawn vital criticism from Republicans and Democrats in Washington. Even distinguished allies of the president, similar to GOP Senator Lindsey Graham, have strongly condemned Trump’s determination. Critics argue that the U.S. is abandoning Kurdish fighters, who lead the Syrian Democratic Force (SDF). The U.S. army has been backing the Kurds within the struggle in opposition to the extremist group the Islamic State (or ISIS).
Turkey, which has backed different insurgent teams in Syria, is allied with the U.S. by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). At the identical time, Ankara has lengthy had battle with the Kurds. Trump’s critics and plenty of analysts consider that Turkey will goal the Kurds when the U.S. withdraws. Many have additionally warned that the transfer will enable ISIS to regroup whereas emboldening American foes Russia and Iran, that are additionally concerned within the Syrian battle.
Ocasio-Cortez will not be the primary to recommend that Trump’s determination relies on his personal private monetary pursuits. The Trump Organization, which the president continues to be the only proprietor of, regardless of having transferred the day-to-day administration to his youngsters, has numerous business interests in Turkey, together with Trump Towers in Istanbul.
The president’s enterprise has described the event as “a landmark in the historic city of Istanbul.” When the constructing opened in 2012, Erdogan attended the occasion. Trump’s daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka Trump, even tweeted her private due to Erdogan, who was prime minister on the time.
“Thank you Prime Minister Erdogan for joining us yesterday to celebrate the launch of #TrumpTowers Istanbul!” she tweeted.
Trump has insisted that his army determination won’t negatively influence the Kurds, touting the shut historic ties between Washington and Ankara. “So many people conveniently forget that Turkey is a big trading partner of the United States,” he tweeted on Tuesday.
But the SDF has said that it’ll struggle again in opposition to the Turkish advance. “We will clash against the Turks to not allow them to cross the border. We will use all our possibilities against Turkish aggression,” SDF’s official Twitter account quoted Mustafa Bali, the pinnacle of the group’s press workplace, as saying on Wednesday.