Democratic presidential contenders lined up to slam President TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election MORE's move to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria as Turkey pursues a military operation, calling the decision "irresponsible" and "reckless."
The White House announced late Sunday that Turkey would be moving forward with a long-threatened offensive in northern Syria and that U.S. troops would not be in the “immediate area” when it happens.
"This decision is a betrayal of our ally in the fight against ISIS and risks American lives," Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris unveils 0M commitment to new global health fund Senate advances Biden consumer bureau pick after panel logjam House passes bill to compensate 'Havana syndrome' victims MORE (D-Calif.) said in a tweet. "We have a president who is telling our allies and our adversaries that America doesn't keep her word."
Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetBuild Back Better Act must include funding to restore forests, make communities resilient and create jobs Interior reverses Trump, moves BLM headquarters back to DC Conservation group says it will only endorse Democrats who support .5T spending plan MORE (D-Colo.) also criticized the move, calling it "erratic."
"The President's decision to rapidly withdraw U.S. forces from N. Syria & abandon our SDF allies in the fight against ISIS risks our national security and jeopardizes our credibility," Bennet tweeted. "This is the kind of erratic foreign policy we’ve come to expect from Trump. And it's reckless."
Meanwhile, progressive Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Manchin: Biden told moderates to pitch price tag for reconciliation bill Biden employs flurry of meetings to unite warring factions MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Warren11 senators urge House to pass .5T package before infrastructure bill Senate Democrats seeking information from SPACs, questioning 'misaligned incentives' UN secretary-general blasts space tourism MORE (D-Mass.), who have been critical of U.S. involvement in the Middle East, warned the decision would lead to chaos.
"I support bringing our troops home from Syria," Warren tweeted. "But President Trump's reckless and unplanned withdrawal undermines both our partners and our security. We need a strategy to end this conflict, not a president who can be swayed by one phone call."
"I have long believed the U.S. must responsibly end our military interventions in the Middle East," Sanders said in a tweet. "But Trump’s abrupt announcement to withdraw from northern Syria and endorse Turkey’s incursion is extremely irresponsible. It is likely to result in more suffering and instability."