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GOP Condemns Trump Decision to Abandon Kurdish Allies in Syria
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Monday morning, Americans woke up to the news that President Donald Trump intends to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria, fulfilling his long-held campaign promise to withdraw from “endless war” in the Middle East.
Trump declared U.S. troops would step aside for an expected Turkish attack on the Kurds, who have fought alongside Americans for years, but he then threatened to destroy the Turks’ economy if they went too far.
The President appears to be holding firm on his decision despite significant criticism from Republican congressional allies who are infuriated at the prospect of abandoning Syrian Kurds who fought the Islamic State with American arms and advice.
Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming called Trump's decision "a catastrophic mistake," while Sen Lindsey Graham of South Carolina claimed it was a “shot in the arm to the bad guys."
Pentagon and State Department officials held out the possibility of persuading Turkey to abandon its expected invasion. U.S. officials said they had seen no indication that Turkey had begun a military operation by late Monday.
Trump, in late afternoon remarks to reporters, appeared largely unconcerned at the prospect of Turkish forces attacking the Kurds, who include a faction he described as “natural enemies” of the Turks.
“But I have told Turkey that if they do anything outside of what we would think is humane ... they could suffer the wrath of an extremely decimated economy,” Trump said.
Breitbart International News Editor Frances Martel joined the Hammer & Nigel Show Monday afternoon to provide insight and historical context for the President's decision, potential consequences, and an examination of GOP resistance on the matter. Click below to hear the interview in full!