President Trump’s former Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, ripped his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Northern Syria and allow Turkey to carry out an operation in the region.
“We must always have the backs of our allies, if we expect them to have our back,” Haley tweeted on Monday.
“The Kurds were instrumental in our successful fight against ISIS in Syria. Leaving them to die is a big mistake. #TurkeyIsNotOurFriend,” she added.
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
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) October 7, 2019
The White House on Sunday night said Turkey will soon be launching a military operation in northeastern Syria and that U.S. troops will no longer be “in the immediate area” when it happens.
“Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria. The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial ‘Caliphate,’ will no longer be in the immediate area,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.
The announcement comes hours after President Trump held a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in which the two reportedly discussed the conflict and agreed to a meeting in Washington in November.
Despite backlash from Republican and Democratic lawmakers, Trump doubled down on his decision Monday in a series of tweets in which he said it is time to remove the U.S. from “ridiculous endless wars.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) slammed Trump’s move to pull out of northern Syria ahead of a Turkish invasion.
“I don’t know all the details regarding President Trump’s decision in northern Syria. In process of setting up phone call with Secretary Pompeo,” the South Carolina lawmaker tweeted. “If press reports are accurate this is a disaster in the making.”
“Ensures ISIS comeback. Forces Kurds to align with Assad and Iran. Destroys Turkey’s relationship with U.S. Congress. Will be a stain on America’s honor for abandoning the Kurds.”