Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks as Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) observes during a press conference following the weekly Senate lunch of Republican policies on September 10. 2019 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.
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Senate Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell on Friday criticized President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from northern Syria, calling the decision "a serious strategic mistake". The Washington Post.
"The recently announced take off runs the risk of repeating the Obama administration's reckless withdrawal from Iraq, which facilitated the rise of the Islamic State in the first place, "McConnell wrote in the editorial.
While his play does not explicitly blame Trump's feet – or even mention his name – he warns that the sudden change in the Trump administration's foreign policy "will make the American people and homeland less secure, will encourage our enemies and weaken important alliances."
The White House announced in early October – following a liaison between Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan – that Turkey was moving forward with its long-planned foray into northern Syria, where US-backed Kurdish forces were fighting ISIS.
The small number of US forces there were ordered to be withdrawn, and Turkish forces began military operations in northern Syria soon after.
"The combination of a US pullback and Turkish-Kurdish hostilities is creating a strategic nightmare for our country," McConnell wrote.
The majority leader supported Trump's agenda for much of his presidency. But following indications in January that Trump wanted to withdraw troops from Syria and Afghanistan, McConnell sponsored an amendment that "emphasized the need for sustained US leadership to fight terrorists and insisted that we continue to work alongside allies and local forces." .
McConnell also wrote: "While the political will to continue this hard work may wax and wane, the threats to our nation are going nowhere."
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