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2020 Democrats hit Trump's planned Syria withdrawal

2020 Democrats hit Trump's planned Syria withdrawal
© Aaron Schwartz

Democratic presidential contenders lined up to slam President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm 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 HarrisElla Emhoff, inauguration designer join forces on knitwear collaboration Who is the Senate parliamentarian and why is she important? In America, women are frontliners of change 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."

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Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetDemocrats push Biden to include recurring payments in recovery package Democrats: Minimum wage isn't the only issue facing parliamentarian Democrats plan crackdown on rising drug costs 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 SandersIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief Murkowski never told White House she would oppose Tanden Tanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: Biden says US will have enough vaccine for all adults by end of May | Biden calls on all states to vaccinate teachers by the end of March | Texas, Mississippi lift mask mandates Biden picks for financial agencies offer preview of regulatory agenda Becerra tells Warren he will do 'thorough review' of executive actions on drug prices 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."