When Donald Trump first made his decision on Syria, a number of prominent Republicans came out against the move. The anger over the decision, though, look to have abated over the last couple of days. Even Lindsey Graham, perhaps the angriest Republican about the move, seems to have been appeased by potential sanctions against Turkey.
Adam Kinzinger, a Republican congressman from Illinois, is still angry over the President’s decision. The lawmaker was left befuddled today when Trump faulted America’s Kurdish allies and defended Syria.
On Sunday, Kinzinger explained that Trump’s decision hurt the US in a number of ways. “As a guy that served in the military and really got into politics because I believe in the role America plays, to see this yet again, you know, leaving an ally behind, abandoning people that we frankly told that we were going to be with is disheartening, depressing,” said the lawmaker.
The White House had tried to push forward the message that the Kurd’s haven’t been abandoned. Today, Trump tweeted, “Kurds may be releasing some to get us involved. Easily recaptured by Turkey or European Nations from where many came, but they should move quickly. Big sanctions on Turkey coming! Do people really think we should go to war with NATO Member Turkey? Never ending wars will end!”
An angry Kinzinger responded, “I just…. i mean…. what? Donald Trump, I thought you were going to defeat ISIS, that is why people voted for you. What changed? This is weakness. America is far more honorable than this.”
I just…. i mean…. what? @realDonaldTrump I thought you were going to defeat ISIS, that is why people voted for you. What changed? This is weakness. America is far more honorable than this. https://t.co/N5IqSKqSTC
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) October 14, 2019
The White House has yet to respond to the congressman’s comments.
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