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Republican Congressman Blasts Trump’s ‘Weak Move’ in Syria, Says It’s ‘Not Making Us Safer’

Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger referred to as President Donald Trump’s determination to withdraw troops from northern Syria a “weak move” that’s “not making us safer.”

“I don’t understand how a president that claims he’s the toughest President ever would do such a weak move like this,” Kinzinger, who represents Illinois’ 16th District, stated in an interview with CNN on Thursday.

“These decisions are not making us safer,” the GOP congressman, a former U.S. Air Force officer, argued. “The stronger military we have certainly is, but … this is a really bad decision. And it was a really bad action,” he added.

“I do not perceive how a President that claims he is the hardest President ever would do such a weak transfer like this,†GOP Rep. Kinzinger says about President Trump’s determination to drag again US troops from the Syria-Turkey border. https://t.co/nt9lSHNgU5 pic.twitter.com/uModbZ45Jl

— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) October 10, 2019

Kinzinger and plenty of different Republican lawmakers have been highly critical of Trump’s sudden determination to drag again U.S. forces in Syria from an space close to the Turkish border, the place they have been bolstering the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) within the battle in opposition to the extremist militant group the Islamic State (or ISIS). Trump made the decision after talking with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday. Although Turkey and the U.S. are allied by way of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Ankara has lengthy been in battle with Kurdish teams that it considers terrorists.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Washington warned that Turkey’s advance would goal the Kurds, with whom the U.S. has been allied within the battle in opposition to ISIS, whereas additionally benefiting ISIS and American adversaries Iran and Russia, that are additionally concerned within the Syrian battle. Contrary to Trump’s argument that “any unforced or unnecessary fighting by Turkey will be devastating to their economy,” Turkish forces shortly engaged with Kurds. At least 16 SDF fighters had reportedly been killed in confrontations with Turkish forces as of Wednesday.

Republican Congressman Blasts Trump's 'Weak Move' in Syria, Says It's 'Not Making Us Safer'
Congressman Adam Kinzinger attends the 2014 Global Leadership Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street on October 22, 2014 in New York City. Kinzinger slammed the president’s determination to withdraw from northern Syria in a CNN interview Thursday. Mike Pont/FilmMagic

“He took an oath of office to protect the nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic. There’s no bigger enemy to our nation than ISIS,” GOP Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who is usually a key Trump ally, told Axios reporter Jonathan Swan on Tuesday night. “And there’s no way we can protect the country from radical Islam without partners like the Kurds,” the Republican lawmaker asserted.

“Nobody besides Trump believes the president’s claim that the U.S. is not abandoning the Kurds,” he added.

“Pull my name off the ‘I support Donald Trump’ list,” Congressman John Shimkus, who represents Illinois’ 15th District however shouldn’t be looking for reelection, stated during a Thursday interview with KMOX News Radio 1120. He referred to as Trump’s Syria determination “terrible and despicable.”

Graham, together with Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, has led a congressional effort to sanction Turkey for its actions in opposition to the Kurds. Trump has steered he agreed with sanctions on Wednesday, regardless of having allowed Turkey to maneuver ahead.

Republican Congressman Blasts Trump's 'Weak Move' in Syria, Says It's 'Not Making Us Safer'
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, President Donald Trump, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army General Mark A. Milley and others look ahead to a gathering with senior army leaders within the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. on October 7 BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP

“I do agree on sanctions, but I actually think much tougher than sanctions if he doesn’t do it in as humane a way as possible,” the president informed reporters. On Thursday he added through Twitter: “I say hit Turkey very hard financially & with sanctions if they don’t play by the rules! I am watching closely.”

However, the president has additionally tried to defend his extremely controversial determination.

“Turkey has been planning to attack the Kurds for a long time. They have been fighting forever. We have no soldiers or Military anywhere near the attack area. I am trying to end the ENDLESS WARS,” he tweeted.

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