WASHINGTON (AP) — A sponsor of an rising bipartisan Senate invoice that might punish Turkey for its invasion of northern Syria mentioned Wednesday the measure may instantly block U.S. arms gross sales to Turkey, successfully rebuking President Donald Trump’s abrupt choice to tug U.S. troops from the area.
Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., advised The Associated Press that he and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., are additionally discussing penalizing different international locations that promote weapons to Turkey.
Van Hollen mentioned the measure may additionally import sanctions on senior Turkish officers and that the penalties could be lifted when Turkey withdrew its forces.
Both lawmakers mentioned they count on vast help from each events. That underscores the broad bipartisan opposition in Congress to Trump’s sudden transfer.
Graham, a former longtime member of the Senate Armed Services and a number one congressional voice on navy issues, mentioned he had reached settlement with Van Hollen.
“While the administration refuses to act against Turkey, I expect strong bipartisan support,” Graham mentioned in a written assertion. “Most members of Congress believe it would be wrong to abandon the Kurds who have been strong allies” in preventing the Islamic State group.
Graham, usually a staunch Trump ally, has been a number one critic of the president’s choice to tug again U.S. forces again.
Turkey launched air and floor assaults into northern Syria towards the Kurds on Wednesday after the U.S. transfer. Syrian Kurdish fighters have been America’s solely allies in Syria preventing IS, and a whole bunch of American troops have been stationed there.
Turkey considers the Kurdish fighters to be terrorists allied with a Kurdish insurgency in Turkey.
Trump’s removing of American forces elevated the possibilities that Turkey would invade Syria, though he has threatened to “totally destroy and obliterate” Turkey’s economic system if the Turkish push went too far.
This story has been corrected to mirror that Sen. Graham is a former longtime member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, not the present chairman.