Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer blasted Trump for refusing to sanction Turkey in a move of total surrender.
In a statement provided to PoliticusUSA, Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer said:
President Trump is flailing. The President’s decision to reverse sanctions against Turkey for brutally attacking our Kurdish partners in exchange for a sham ceasefire seriously undermines the credibility of America’s foreign policy and sends a dangerous message to our allies and adversaries alike that our word cannot be trusted.
President Erdogan has given up nothing, and President Trump has given him everything. The Turks have stated that ‘this is not a ceasefire,’ and made clear that they ‘will pause the operation for 120 hours in order for the terrorists to leave’ – referring to the courageous Kurdish fighters who have suffered nearly 11,000 casualties in our fight to defeat ISIS. This agreement also does nothing to stop thousands of ISIS prisoners from escaping, and shows the President’s complete lack of strategy to defeat ISIS. To say that Turkey and Syria will guard the prisoners is outrageous and puts our homeland security at risk. ISIS is still a threat, certainly now more than before President Trump gave Erdogan the green light to invade Syria.
President Trump unleashed a further escalation of chaos and insecurity in Syria that has left dozens of innocent civilians dead, displaced hundreds of thousands more and invited the resurgence of ISIS. The only beneficiaries of the President’s policies are our adversaries: ISIS, Bashar al-Assad, Vladimir Putin and Iran. Today’s decision further makes the argument that President Trump doesn’t see Putin as the danger he is to our country.
The Democrats are right. Trump surrendered to Turkey, Putin, Assad, and ISIS. Every dime store dictator in the world has learned that they can get anything they want out of Trump if they just tell him really scary stories about a potential war. Trump claimed that millions of people would die if he left 150 US soldiers in Northern Syria, so instead of keeping a promise to allies. He caved, gave Turkey everything it wanted, and then rewarded the man who he just surrendered to with a White House visit.
Trump is pathetic, but the fact that people are dying due to his surrender also makes him a criminal.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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