Cheney ‘sickened’ by Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s United States Congress Representative Liz Cheney says she is disturbed by President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw forces from Syria.

“President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from northern Syria is having sickening and predictable consequences,” Cheney said in a Wednesday, Oct. 9 statement. “Turkey is invading Syria in reported coordination with Russian-backed forces, ISIS terrorists are launching attacks in Raqqa, and thousands of ISIS fighters are biding their time in makeshift prisons.”

She takes issue with the United States not supporting an ally in the region. Kurds in the region are preparing for an attack from Turkish forces.

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“The U.S. is abandoning our ally the Kurds, who fought ISIS on the ground and helped protect the U.S. homeland,” Cheney says. “This decision aids America’s adversaries, Russia, Iran, and Turkey, and paves the way for a resurgence of ISIS.”

Cheney called for the Congress to take action to mitigate the situation.

“This action imperils American security and that of our allies,” she states. “Congress must and will act to limit the catastrophic impact of this decision.”

Trump defended the move on Wednesday.

Cheney’s Wednesday’s comment came after a statement she made on Monday:

Withdrawing U.S. forces from northern Syria is a catastrophic mistake that puts our gains against ISIS at risk and threatens America’s national security. Terrorists thousands of miles away can and will launch attacks against America, as the United States learned on September 11, 2001. Pulling out of northern Syria ignores that painful lesson, represents an abandonment of our Kurdish allies despite their vital contributions to the fight against ISIS, emboldens Iran, and serves as an undeserved gift to the Erdogan regime, which has only continued its steady march toward Moscow.

Representative Liz Cheney