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Hillary Clinton calls Trump's Syria pullout a 'sickening betrayal' of allies
Hillary Clinton on Monday slammed the Trump administration's decision to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria. © Greg Nash Hillary Clinton calls Trump's Syria pullout a 'sickening betrayal' of allies "Let us be clear: The president has sided with authoritarian leaders of Turkey and Russia over our loyal allies and America's own interests," Clinton, a former secretary of State and senator and President Trump's Democratic rival in 2016, tweeted."His decision is a sickening betrayal both of the Kurds and his oath of office.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell became the highest ranking Republican to criticize President Trump’s decision to remove U.S. forces from a multinational coalition fighting terrorism in Syria.
McConnell, of Kentucky, went one step further than simply expressing opposition to the move. He reminded Trump that a supermajority of lawmakers — more than two-thirds of the full Senate, voted in January to express support for “continued military presence in northeastern Syria.”
And he compared the move to the Obama administration’s inaction in Syria.
Trump says he's "not siding with anybody" in Syria withdrawal
The president insisted he's adhering to his campaign promise of "America first"Washington — President Trump didn't let intense Republican criticism of his decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria rattle him Monday, insisting he made the right call in deciding to leave the unstable region to Turkey and other actors.
Trump on Monday defended the decision to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria, where there is fear now that Turkey will launch an invasion against the Kurds, who the United States had been supporting.
“The U.S. has done far more than anyone could have ever expected, including the capture of 100% of the ISIS Caliphate,” Trump tweeted Monday. “It is time now for others in the region, some of great wealth, to protect their own territory.”
Top Republicans immediately criticized the decision to pull out troops as potentially disastrous and one that would lead to further instability in the region.
“A precipitous withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria would only benefit Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime. And it would increase the risk that ISIS and other terrorist groups regroup,” McConnell said.
“I urge the President to exercise American leadership to keep together our multinational coalition to defeat ISIS and prevent significant conflict between our NATO ally Turkey and our local Syrian counterterrorism partners," he said. "As we learned the hard way during the Obama Administration, American interests are best served by American leadership, not by retreat or withdrawal.”
Senate to try to override Trump emergency declaration veto Thursday .
The Senate on Thursday will attempt to override President Trump's veto of a resolution nixing his emergency declaration on the border wall. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) set up a veto override vote for Thursday at 1:45 p.m., as he wrapped up the Senate's work on Wednesday and set the schedule for Thursday. The vote will come less than two days after Trump vetoed the resolution, which passed the House and Senate last month. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) set up a veto override vote for Thursday at 1:45 p.m., as he wrapped up the Senate's work on Wednesday and set the schedule for Thursday.
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