Pelosi calls Trump's planned withdrawal from northern Syria 'a deeply disturbing development'

Pelosi calls Trump's planned withdrawal from northern Syria 'a deeply disturbing development'
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats worry a speedy impeachment trial will shut out public Schiff huddles in Capitol with impeachment managers Media's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' MORE’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from northern Syria ahead of an invasion by Turkey, calling it “deeply disturbing."

“The President’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Northern Syria is a deeply disturbing development that betrays our Kurdish allies who have been instrumental partners in our mission to eradicate ISIS,” Pelosi said in a statement.

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“Despite what the President might say, ISIS remains a serious threat. This reckless, misguided decision undermines the efforts by our brave servicemembers and our allies to end ISIS’s tyranny,” she said.

Pelosi added that Trump is deserting an ally while attempting to appease Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, whom she calls an "authoritarian strongman," by turning "operational responsibility" in the region over to Ankara.

"President Trump has abandoned our Kurdish partners,” said.

“This decision poses a dire threat to regional security and stability, and sends a dangerous message to Iran and Russia, as well as our allies, that the United States is no longer a trusted partner."

Numerous Republicans are also making rare breaks with the president on the issue.

"This betrayal of the Kurds will also severely harm our credibility as an ally the world over. President Trump should rethink this decision immediately," Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyNSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show Overnight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general WH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns MORE (R-Pa.) said in a statement.

Trump's decision reportedly came as a shock to Pentagon officials, with an administration official telling Foreign Policy “the entire [Department of Defense] leadership was opposed to the endorsement and the withdrawal.”