Politics Pelosi says she and Graham will introduce resolution to block Trump on Syria
Anger Over Syria Unites Trump Defenders and His Biggest Critics
Republican Senators returning to Washington after a two-week recess will find themselves debating not only how to handle the House’s impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump but also the president’s widely condemned decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. © Thomson Reuters Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters react as they hold their weapons at the border town of Tel Abyad, Syria, October 14, 2019. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi “Abandoning this fight now and withdrawing U.S.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she and GOP Senator Lindsey Graham have agreed Congress needs a resolution to "overturn" President Trump's decision to from northern Syria.
The withdrawal has sparked perhaps the strongest criticism of the president from Republicans of any issue since Mr. Trump's presidency, and at a time when he most needs Republicans' support during the impeachment inquiry. Republicans have been trying to talk the president out of the decision, as Turkey moves deeper into Syria and Kurdish allies who helped the U.S. defeat ISIS fend for their lives.
Pelosi says Trump had 'meltdown' over House vote on Syria
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said U.S. Democratic leaders' White House meeting was cut short after Republican President Donald Trump had a "meltdown" over a House of Representatives vote condemning his Syria withdrawal. © Reuters U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) walks out with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) to speak with reporters after meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 16, 2019.
"Pleased to have a conversation with Senator @LindseyGrahamSC this morning," Pelosi. "Our first order of business was to agree that we must have a bipartisan, bicameral joint resolution to overturn the president's dangerous decision in Syria immediately."
Graham, in an appearance on Fox News' "Fox and Friends," said that the Trump administration would work with Republicans and Democrats to "crush" Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and "break his economy" until he stops the bloodshed in northern Syria. The South Carolina senator also said he would be meeting with the president Monday afternoon. He told the Fox News hosts that Turkey would see a "united front," and said that in addition to Pelosi, he was talking with other Democrats — Senators Chris Van Hollen and Bob Menendez.
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After a tense day between Capitol Hill lawmakers and the White House, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi found a way to have a little fun.President Donald Trump tweeted a photo of a group in a meeting at the White House, with Pelosi standing at the table, pointing a finger at the president. In his tweet, Trump said Pelosi had an "unhinged meltdown.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Monday morning that top U.S. officials planned to meet on the matter Monday morning and then brief the president. Graham has spent part of the last several days tweeting to dissuade the president.
The U.S. is "preparing to evacuate" about a thousand U.S. troops from northern Syria, Defense Secretary in an interview Sunday.
The Kurds, former U.S. officials andhave warned that the U.S. pullout from the region could give ISIS room to rebuild and send a message that the U.S. is willing to abandon close allies when the political winds change.
Esper told "Face the Nation" host Margaret Brennan that the remaining U.S. troops were caught between Turkish forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the main U.S. allies in the fight against ISIS. Esper said that he had spoken with Mr. Trump Saturday after discussions with the rest of the national security team. Mr. Trump, Esper said, then ordered the initiation of a deliberate withdrawal of forces from northern Syria.
The most shocking part of the 'meltdown' photo Trump tweeted isn't who's in it — it's who isn't
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stands as one of two women at the table during Wednesday's cabinet meeting, joined only by Rep. Liz Cheney.President Donald Trump tweeted out a photo of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at a meeting about Syria on Wednesday, accusing her of having an "unhinged meltdown.
The move comes a week after Mr. Trumpthe repositioning of several dozen American troops embedded with Kurdish forces in northern Syria, opening the door for a Turkish offensive against the SDF.
Esper also told "Face the Nation" host Margaret Brennan that over the weekend, the U.S. had learned that the Turks "likely intend to extend their attack further south than originally planned, and to the west." He added that "we also have learned in the last 24 hours that the ... SDF are looking to cut a deal, if you will, with the Syrians and the Russians to counterattack against the Turks in the north."
According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 internally displaced people are fleeing the violence.
Shortly after the initial pullback last week, Turkey began its onslaught, attacking the northern part of the country. On Saturday, the fourth day of the offensive, Turkish forcesa key border town from the SDF. ISIS prisoners were also able to escape imprisonment when Turkish artillery hit a prison compound.
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