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Cheney: Democrats’ impeachment push weakens Trump on Syria

Rep. Liz Cheney talks during a Memorial Day service in the chapel at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery on Monday, May 28, 2018, in Evansville. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s United States Representative Liz Cheney says that Democrats bear some responsibility for what is going on in northern Syria.

President Donald Trump directed a military withdrawal from northern Syria on Sunday even as Turkish military forces have moved into the region and clashed with U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters.

Cheney says that Democrats’ impeachment push against Trump have put the president in a weakened position.

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“I think what we’re seeing happen is going to have ramifications not just in the Middle East, but around the world,” Cheney said on “Fox and Friends” on Monday, Oct. 14. “If our adversaries begin to sense weakness, if our adversaries begin to think that we won’t defend our allies, that we won’t defend our interests, that’s provocative.”

“But I also want to say that the impeachment proceedings that are going on and what the Democrats are doing themselves to try and weaken this President is part of this. It was not an accident that the Turks chose this moment to roll across the border, and I think the Democrats have got to pay very careful attention to the damage that they’re doing with the impeachment proceedings.”

Cheney has previously been critical of Trump’s decision to recall troops from Syria.

But on Monday, she blamed the Obama administration for leaving Trump in this spot in Syria.

“They’ve caused this problem that we’ve now got to solve,” Cheney said.

Cheney’s office said on Oct. 10 that the congresswoman would join some of her colleagues to introduce legislation to impose sanctions against Turkey “in response to Ankara’s military offensive against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in Northern Syria.”