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Trump’s Syria announcement blindsided many GOP supporters

WASHINGTON (AP) — For as soon as, Republicans and Democrats in Congress have been in the identical place: out of the loop.

When it got here to President Donald Trump’s abrupt announcement that U.S. forces would now not shield Syrian Kurds from a Turkish invasion, his supporters knew as little as his critics.

All the trouble by Republicans to assuage and court docket the mercurial president meant little by way of their capacity to dissuade him from a choice that almost all of them vehemently opposed. They discovered about it like Democrats, late at night time and on Twitter.

For Republicans, it was a reminder that having the president’s again could be a one-way proposition, particularly with a commander in chief who likes to make selections from his “gut.”

Even as Turkish bombs fell Wednesday on northern Syria, Sen. Lindsey Graham, a frequent Trump golf membership buddy and a presidential educator on overseas coverage, talked to the president by tv appearances and Twitter. He warned on “Fox & Friends,” a program that Trump is thought to make a part of his morning routine, that he’s making the “biggest mistake of his presidency.”

“It is never wise to abandon an ally who has sacrificed on your behalf,” Graham, a South Carolina Republican, tweeted at one level.

He was referring to U.S.-backed Kurdish forces combating ISIS. But that recommendation may also apply to Trump’s relationship along with his GOP allies, most of whom lined up in uncommon settlement with Democrats in opposition to the president’s Syria coverage.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, whom Trump has known as “my Kevin,” mentioned on Fox that he must name the president. On Wednesday, the California Republican tweeted that the Turkish assault “threatens to halt momentum against ISIS, directly assaults” companions within the Syrian Democratic Forces “and could give the likes of al-Qaeda and Iran new footholds in the region.”

One of the one Republicans in Congress supportive of a Syria withdrawal, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, advised reporters on a convention name that he heard about Trump’s shift of U.S. forces from the media.

The Republicans gave the impression to be as at midnight as a bipartisan delegation with a number of first-term House Democrats who heard about Trump’s pullback in Syria whereas on a flight residence from an official journey to Turkey, Afghanistan and Jordan. They rapidly cobbled collectively a joint assertion as they waited in customs at Dulles International Airport. Some sat on a bench at baggage declare to put in writing it.

Signing on was delegation member Elise Stefanik, a Republican congresswoman from New York, who additionally tweeted the condemnation of Trump’s coverage.

Two lawmakers on the journey mentioned that even Trump appointees they met abroad didn’t point out that they knew in regards to the president’s plans.

“Quite the opposite,” mentioned Democratic Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado.

“Nowhere in the conversation (overseas) was what happens if the United States condones, accept or even encourages” any strikes by Turkey, mentioned Rep. Abigail Spanberger, one other first-term Democrat who was a part of the delegation.

It all highlighted the unpredictability of Trump’s overseas coverage, which has confounded enemies and allies alike. The president likes to make selections with little warning, usually within the type of a tweet. Longtime U.S. allies are sometimes the final to know.

“The stupid endless wars, for us, are ending!” Trump tweeted, pledging to punish Turkey economically if it goes too far in its assault.

Trump’s behavior of abrupt U-turns and embellishment is a part of his working model.

“Predicting what Trump will do begins with accepting that he strives for surprise,” mentioned Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio. “He also prefers to create both the problem and the solution, so he can appear to be a savior.”

Graham, a sharp-spoken critic of Trump through the 2016 election, has was a staunch ally. He often flatters the president, even kicking off his Syria criticism by saying earlier within the week, “I like President Trump. I’ve tried to help him.”

For the third day working, Graham tweeted overseas coverage classes in staccato missives in opposition to Trump’s isolationist tendencies.

“American isolationism: (asterisk) Did not work before WWII. (asterisk) Did not work before 9/11.(asterisk) Will not work now,” he wrote.

Graham urged prayers for “our Kurdish allies who have been shamelessly abandoned by the Trump Administration,” including, “This move ensures the reemergence of ISIS.”

That adopted a comment that appeared sure to get the president’s consideration, likening Trump’s determination to 1 made by Democrat Barack Obama to face down American forces in Iraq.

“No matter what President Trump is saying about his decision,” the South Carolina Republican tweeted, “it is EXACTLY what President Obama did in Iraq with even more disastrous consequences for our national security.”

Trump didn’t again off.

He introduced Tuesday that he and Erdogan will meet on the White House on Nov. 13.


Associated Press Writer Deb Riechmann contributed from Washington.


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