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Politics Anger Over Syria Unites Trump Defenders and His Biggest Critics

02:40  15 october  2019
02:40  15 october  2019 Source:   bloomberg.com

Erdogan, Trump to meet next month in Washington amid Syria tensions: Turkey

  Erdogan, Trump to meet next month in Washington amid Syria tensions: Turkey President Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have agreed to meet in Washington in November amid tensions over Syria, Reuters reported Sunday.The agreement came during a phone call Sunday where the two leaders discussed a "safe zone" east of the Euphrates River in Syria from which Kurdish fighters would be withdraw, Ankara reportedly announced.The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.Conflict between the U.S. and Turkey over Kurdish fighters in Syria has been brewing for years.America is allied with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which the U.S.

Anger Over Syria Unites Trump Defenders and His Biggest Crit Erdogan Threatens Europe With Refugees After Syria Criticism . His remarks set off a flurry of objections, with European Council President Donald Tusk warning the Turkish president against “weaponizing” the refugees and

Trump boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base. Click here to read how two of Giuliani’s In his efforts to discredit his domestic enemies, he’s solicited help from Ukraine’s rookie president, a Trump ’s China Deal Yields Plenty of Questions, and Critics With the partial agreement with China he

(Bloomberg) -- 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.

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© 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. forces from Syria would re-create the very conditions that we have worked hard to destroy,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said in a statement. “I look forward to discussing what the United States can do to avoid a strategic calamity with my Senate colleagues and with senior administration officials.”

Hillary Clinton calls Trump's Syria pullout a 'sickening betrayal' of allies

  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.

President Trump ’s acquiescence to Turkey’s move to send troops deep inside Syrian territory has in only one week’s time turned into a bloody carnage, forced the abandonment of a successful five-year-long American project to keep the peace on a volatile border

President Trump ’s acquiescence to Turkey’s move to send troops deep inside Syrian territory has in only one week’s time turned into a bloody carnage, forced the abandonment of a successful five-year-long American project to keep the peace on a volatile border

Pulling out of Syria has united one of the president’s staunchest defenders -- Republican Senator Lindsey Graham -- with the lawmaker he has identified as his primary antagonist in the impeachment probe -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Republicans have been careful to separate their opposition to Trump’s Syria policy from any position they might take on the impeachment inquiry Democrats launched to investigate the president’s actions regarding Ukraine policy. Still, many of the Republicans who publicly criticized Trump’s troop withdrawal are the lawmakers he’ll need as his first line of defense against impeachment.

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Graham and Pelosi said Monday they will work together to impose sanctions on Turkey for its military offensive in Syria, which sparked bipartisan anger and concern for Kurdish fighters who helped the U.S. combat Islamic State.

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When President Trump announced his decision to pull troops from northern Syria , his critics immediately warned that the move would pave With the United States voluntarily giving up much of its leverage in Syria , Russia has likely the most to gain. Throughout the Syrian civil war, Russia has

But by disagreeing with Trump over Syria , "they're proving they are independent" of him, said Gingrich. Nonetheless, he faced a barrage of criticism from once loyal defenders , including Graham and Rep. Some of his biggest supporters see the impeachment inquiry as a threat to his presidency.

But Senate Democrats may not be satisfied with a sanctions package, even if it goes beyond what Trump has already indicated he will impose. In a statement Monday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, along with Senators Jack Reed and Bob Menendez, the ranking members of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committee, respectively, said sanctions alone will not be enough to resolve the situation.

“President Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. forces is contributing to the chaos and havoc Turkey is causing in northeastern Syria,” they said. “The first step when Congress returns to session this week is for Republicans to join with us in passing a resolution making clear that both parties are demanding the president’s decision be reversed.”

Trump said last week that he would withdraw U.S. forces from the region, which cleared the way for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to launch an operation that has drawn international condemnation, accusations of war crimes and a threat of U.S. and European sanctions.

Trump defends Syria move: The Kurds 'didn't help us' in Normandy

  Trump defends Syria move: The Kurds 'didn't help us' in Normandy President Trump on Wednesday criticized the Kurds, saying they didn't help the United States during World War II and that they were only fighting for their land in Syria during the battle against ISIS."The Kurds are fighting for their land," Trump told reporters at the White House during an event in the Roosevelt Room."And as somebody wrote in a very, very powerful article today, they didn't help us in the second World War, they didn't"The Kurds are fighting for their land," Trump told reporters at the White House during an event in the Roosevelt Room.

But Republican unity broke when Trump moved American troops out of the way of a Turkish incursion into Syria . The state is home to some of the President’s most prominent critics – including senator Amy Donald Trump ’s decision on Syria is rooted in his campaign slogan of getting America out of

One of President Trumps biggest supporters said the situation could be " Trump 's Vietnam" – but Senator Graham, one of President Trump 's strongest defenders , has broken with the President Mr Erdogan lashed out at critics , saying Turkey would establish a "safe zone" where millions of Syrian

Responding to the backlash, Trump said Monday he will raise steel tariffs on Turkey back to 50%, the level before a reduction in May, and halt negotiations over a trade pact. Trump also said his administration will sanction current and former Turkish government officials and anyone contributing to Turkey’s “destabilization actions in northeast Syria.”

Vice President Mike Pence said that he would lead a delegation to Turkey at Trump’s request in an effort to stop the military advance.

In a tweet before Trump announced his sanctions package, Pelosi said the White House proposal was insufficient. That tweet came after the Democratic speaker talked with South Carolina Republican Graham about sanctions, when she also called for a joint resolution from the House and Senate to reverse Trump’s actions in Syria.

Graham has been one of Trump’s most outspoken critics regarding the withdrawal of troops from Syria. He presented a framework for Turkey sanctions last week that would target Turkish leaders, as well as any foreign national who provides support to the Turkish military or supports Turkish energy production used by its armed forces.

Trump sends $50 million in emergency funds to Syria

  Trump sends $50 million in emergency funds to Syria The funds are meant to "protect persecuted ethnic and religious minorities and advance human rights""This funding will provide emergency financial assistance to Syrian human rights defenders, civil society organizations and reconciliation efforts directly supporting ethnic and religious minority victims of the conflict," the statement reads.

Lawmakers could move quickly as anger over Syria rises. Smoke rising from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain is seen from the If Trump vetoes the measure, it would take two-thirds of both chambers to override his veto. Turkey’s ‘Bad Behavior’. Graham, usually one of Trump ’s staunchest defenders

Trump Mines Weak Spots in Foreign Leaders for Battles at HomeHe might be working to salvage his presidency, but Trump can still smell weakness in others. The repercussions from that transformed the country from one of Europe’s great successes into one of its biggest renegades.

“I will be working across party lines in a bicameral fashion to draft sanctions and move quickly,” Graham said in a tweet on Monday. “The Speaker indicated to me that time was of the essence.”

Both chambers of Congress have put forward proposals to punish Turkey for its rapid invasion, which has killed Kurdish civilians and left prisons holding Islamic State fighters unsecured.

Senator Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat from Maryland who will cosponsor Graham’s sanctions bill, called Trump’s sanctions proposal a “pathetic response.” In a tweet Monday, Van Hollen said Congress must “stay the course and enact tough sanctions that impact Turkish conduct.”

The leading House Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Texas Representative Michael McCaul, also said Trump’s proposal is insufficient. McCaul and Democratic chairman Eliot Engel presented a bipartisan sanctions bill last week.

”We appreciate the Administration’s planned sanctions, but it does not go far enough to punish Turkey for its egregious offenses in Syria,” McCaul spokeswoman Kaylin Minton said in an emailed statement.

--With assistance from Saleha Mohsin and Jennifer Jacobs.

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Trump's Syria letter reportedly made Erdogan so angry, he threw it in the trash .
Trump's letter attempting to convince Erdogan not to attack U.S.-allied Kurds in Syria drew both condemnation and ridicule from critics in Washington. But it apparently angered no one more than the recipient himself, according to the official, who recounted the incident to a Turkish newspaper on Thursday."The letter was written on 9 October. Erdogan rejected the offer of mediation and it was thrown into the trash. The clearest answer to this letter was the reply given at 4pm on 9 October. This is was the start of Operation Peace Spring," the official told local newspaper Yeni Safak.

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