President Donald Trump’s decision to not have U.S. troops involved in Turkish operations in northern Syria has drawn criticism from both sides of the aisle.
The Trump administration announced in a statement Sunday that U.S. forces “will not support or be involved in the operation” and “will no longer be in the immediate area.” Critics say they worry a Turkish invasion of the region threatens American allies who helped in the fight against the Islamic State group.
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, who is a member of the U.S. Air National Guard, has voiced support for international efforts to solve the conflicts in Syria. He helped form and co-chairs the House Friends of a Free, Stable and Democratic Syria Caucus.
“Once again @realDonaldTrump uses [Sen.] Rand Paul’s ‘endless wars’ talking points as he orders America to once again abandon our friends and give Russia & Iran exactly what they want,” Kinzinger tweeted. “This is wrong.”
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, warned of the potential consequences of the decision and the danger it poses to American allies.
“The Trump Administration needs to tread carefully with its troop withdrawal strategy in Syria,” Lipinski said in a statement. “We must heed the advice of our military leaders and think of the long-term implications of decisions that could put our allies at risk.”