President Donald Trump abrupt Sunday night decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northeast Syria before a Turkish military campaign was slammed by Democrats, as well as some of his strongest Republican defenders on Monday.
….the captured ISIS fighters and families. The U.S. has done far more than anyone could have ever expected, including the capture of 100% of the ISIS Caliphate. It is time now for others in the region, some of great wealth, to protect their own territory. THE USA IS GREAT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
“The president’s decision to withdraw US forces from northern Syria is a deeply disturbing development that betrays our Kurdish allies who have been instrumental partners in our mission to eradicate ISIS,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS).
“Despite what the president might say, ISIS remains a serious threat. This reckless, misguided decision undermines the efforts by our brave service members and our allies to end ISIS’s tyranny,” the top Democrat in the House of Representatives added.
Senator Lindsey Graham, who has in recent years become one of Trump’s strongest supporters, tweeted: “This is a disaster in the making.”
Graham also announced he and Senator Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat, will introduce legislation calling for sanctions against Ankara if Turkey invades Syria, and “will call for their suspension from NATO if they attack Kurdish forces who assisted the US in the destruction of the ISIS Caliphate”.
President Trump’s former Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, tweeted: “We must always have the backs of our allies, if we expect them to have our back. The Kurds were instrumental in our successful fight against ISIS in Syria. Leaving them to die is a big mistake. #TurkeyIsNotOurFriend.”
Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert wondered if it was time for mental health professionals to intervene after Trump’s tweet.
“Am I the only psychologist who finds this claim and this threat truly alarming?” he wrote. “Wouldn’t these normally trigger a mental health hold? Right and Left must set aside politics and agree that there is a serious problem here.”
Am I the only psychologist who finds this claim and this threat truly alarming? Wouldn’t these normally trigger a mental health hold? Right and Left must set aside politics and agree that there is a serious problem here. https://t.co/1JJvznG1oU
— Daniel Gilbert (@DanTGilbert) October 7, 2019