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Republicans and former US officials rip into Trump for abandoning the Kurds in Syria


FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump talks to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium July 11, 2018. Tatyana Zenkovich/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

President Donald Trump received rare criticism from Republican and media allies over his decision to withdraw US troops from Syria and abandon the Kurds to a Turkish military invasion.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, for example, warned the decision “virtually reassures the reemergence of ISIS” and “makes it difficult for the US to recruit allies against radical Islam.”
Though Republicans have largely been gentle on Trump regarding the Ukraine scandal and related impeachment inquiry, the criticism from GOP lawmakers over his Syria decision has been swift and direct.
Meanwhile, Trump’s former top US envoy for the fight against ISIS, Brett McGurk, in a tweet responding to the move said: “Donald Trump is not a Commander-in-Chief. He makes impulsive decisions with no knowledge or deliberation.”

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Republicans and former US officials, including some that worked in the Trump administration, have assailed President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon Kurdish forces in Syria to a potential massacre at the hands of the Turkish military.

The Trump administration on Sunday abruptly announced US troops would be withdrawn from northeastern Syria, paving the way for Turkey to launch a military invasion there. Turkey views the Kurdish forces there as a threat and has been warning of launching a military operation in the region for days.

Though Republicans have largely been gentle on Trump regarding the Ukraine scandal and related impeachment inquiry, the criticism from GOP lawmakers over his Syria decision has been swift and direct.

Read more: Trump defended his controversial decision to pull US forces out of Syria in a rambling tweetstorm

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said a “precipitous withdrawal” of US troops from Syria “would only benefit Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime.”

McConnell added that it would also “increase the risk that ISIS and other terrorist groups regroup.”

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a top ally of Trump in Congress who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, excoriated the move.

“I hope I’m making myself clear how shortsighted & irresponsible this decision is, in my view,” Graham said on Fox News on Monday morning. “This to me is just unnerving to its core.”

He continued to slam Trump’s decision via Twitter, warning the decision “virtually reassures the reemergence of ISIS” and “makes it difficult for the US to recruit allies against radical Islam.”

I feel very bad for the Americans and allies who have sacrificed to destroy the ISIS Caliphate because this decision virtually reassures the reemergence of ISIS. So sad. So dangerous.

President Trump may be tired of fighting radical Islam. They are NOT tired of fighting us.

— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 7, 2019

Similarly, Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, in a statement said, “If the President sticks with this retreat, he needs to know that this bad decision will likely result in the slaughter of allies who fought with us, including women and children. I hope the President will listen to his generals and reconsider.”

Sasse added, “Before Turkey butchers …read more

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