President Donald Trump has been facing steep criticism for his abrupt decision to withdraw from Syria, which left the Kurds alongside whom the U.S. had been fighting ISIS at the mercy of the Turkish forces who moved right in with a fierce military campaign, which has already included the deaths of hundreds of civilians and the displacement of well over 100,000. Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has now again joined in with criticism for Trump’s dangerously erratic behavior, writing on Twitter that Trump’s decision was putting current and future U.S. interests in danger.
As he put it:
‘I hope President Trump is right in his belief that Turkeys invasion of Syria is of no concern to us, abandoning the Kurds won’t come back to haunt us, ISIS won’t reemerge, and Iran will not fill the vacuum created by this decision. However, I firmly believe that if President Trump continues to make such statements this will be a disaster worse than President Obama’s decision to leave Iraq… I fear this is a complete and utter national security disaster in the making.’
The implication is that Obama’s withdrawal from Iraq left a void that allowed ISIS to emerge in the first place.
Graham added that he worries about the potential for a U.S. delegation slated to meet with the Turkish president this week to actually accomplish some kind of cease fire agreement in light of Trump’s belligerent, dismissive statements, but it doesn’t exactly take a rocket scientist to figure out how troublingly off-kilter that things are.
This Wednesday, Trump went even further off into his wasteland of egomaniacal fantasy, dismissing Turkey’s slaughter of Kurds by insisting that Kurds are “not angels.”
Reporter Josh Dawsey shares:
‘”It’s not our problem,” Trump says in Oval Office of Turkey’s invasion into Syria. He adds that the Kurds are “not angels.” Also, he says this: “They’ve got a lot of sand over there…. There’s a lot of sand they can play with.”‘
Remember — that’s the president of the United States speaking. He has gone so far off the edge in this situation that he’s even lost Lindsey Graham.
Check out Twitter’s response below.
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