Donald Trump’s dramatic turnaround on Syria, which has already been condemned by Democratic lawmakers, is being strongly criticised by loyal Republicans as well, in a rare show of bipartisanship at a time when US politics are witnessing a sharp partisan divide.
Some of President Trump’s staunchest allies on Capitol Hill have distanced themselves from the president’s recent decision to withdraw US troops from positions in north-eastern Syria – a move they are concerned would clear the way for an imminent Turkish operation against the US-backed Kurdish militias in the area.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement that the US pullback from northern Syria would increase the risk of a resurgence of terrorism and could “seriously risk damaging Turkey’s ties to the United States”.
He added: “As we learned the hard way during the Obama Administration, American interests are best served by American leadership, not by retreat or withdrawal.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he wanted to “make sure we keep our word for those who fight with us and help us.” “If you make a commitment and somebody is fighting with you, America should keep their word,” he told Fox & Friends.
In a series of tweets, Senator Lindsey Graham criticised Trump’s move as being unwise. “No matter what President Trump is saying about his decision, it is exactly what President Obama did in Iraq, with even more…