The Syria pullout by the Trump administration has angered both parties in both chambers of the US Congress, and now lawmakers are preparing to bury the president under bills and resolutions condemning the move, while slapping sanctions on Ankara over its invasion of Kurdish-controlled northern Syria.
Both US Democratic and Republican lawmakers are preparing documents aimed at reversing President Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops from northern Syria, which many note has enabled Turkey to initiate its “Operation Peace Spring” military invasion against Kurdish forces, The Hill reports say.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who repeatedly criticized Trump for his decision and what he perceives to be the latter’s weak response on the incursion, is expected to introduce a bill proposing harsh sanctions against Ankara after lawmakers return to DC next week.
It is unknown, however, whether the bill, co-authored with Democratic Senator Chris van Hollen, will receive a floor vote, although Republican Senator Martha McSally has already thrown her support behind the bill.
“We cannot have a supposed ally who is continuing to go in the wrong direction under Erdoğan’s leadership, invading another country,” she said, according to The Hill. “We’ve got to do our part in the Senate in order to hold Turkey accountable.”
House Republicans are also preparing companion measures authored by Liz Cheney and reportedly supported by nearly 30 Republicans.
In the meantime,…