November 13, 2019
Politics

McConnell Introduces Resolution Urging Trump to Keep Troops in Syria

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) introduced a resolution on Oct. 22 urging Republican President Donald Trump not to follow through on his planned withdrawal of all American troops from Syria.

McConnell said on the Senate floor that the resolution is backed by other Republicans, naming Armed Services Chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Foreign Relations Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho).

“Withdrawing from Syria will invite more of the chaos that breeds terrorism and creates a vacuum our adversaries will certainly fill,” McConnell said from the Senate floor.

“The Senate needs to speak up. We cannot effectively support our partners on the ground without a military presence.”

The resolution “acknowledges hard truths and focuses on our strategic interests in the Middle East. Our resolution acknowledges the vital role that our Kurdish and Arab Syrian partners have played in rooting out and destroying the ISIS caliphate. It condemns Turkeys decision to escalate hostilities in Syria, warns against the abandonment against our allies and partners in Syria, and urges President Trump to rethink his invitation for President Erdogan to visit the White House,” McConnell said.

“It also acknowledges Turkeys legitimate national security concerns emanating from the conflict in Syria, and the significant risk to the United States if such a strategically consequential ally were to fall further into Moscows orbit. It recognizes the grave consequences of U.S. withdrawal, the rising influence of Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime, and the escape of more than 100 ISIS-affiliated fighters detained in the region.”

President Donald Trump speaks
President Donald Trump speaks
President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, on Oct. 21, 2019. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo)

McConnell said that President Barack Obamas retreat from Iraq let al-Qaeda thrive, adding that he was “encouraged by press reports” that the Trump administration “is considering retaining a military presence” in Syria “to keep the pressure on ISIS.”

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