Pelosi says Trump sanctions package on Turkey 'falls very short'

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiLouisiana governor wins re-election Dynamic scoring: Forward-thinking budgeting practices to grow our economy Pelosi: Trump tweets on Yovanovitch show his 'insecurity as an imposter' MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election MORE's announced sanctions against Turkey, saying the package "falls very short of reversing that humanitarian disaster."

Pelosi said in a statement that Republican and Democratic lawmakers will continue to denounce Trump's decision to remove U.S. troops from Syria. She added both houses in Congress will work together on a bipartisan effort to "oppose this irresponsible decision."


"President Trump gave Turkey the green light to attack our Kurdish partners, betraying the thousands of fighters who gave their lives to keep the world safe from the barbarism of ISIS," Pelosi said in the statement. "His erratic decision-making is threatening lives, risking regional security and undermining America’s credibility in the world."

The speaker's statement comes hours after Trump announced sanctions that would increase steel tariffs from 25 percent to 50 percent and end trade talks with Turkey.

"The American people and our allies expect and deserve real leadership from Washington," Pelosi said in the statement. 

The president has received backlash from lawmakers from both political parties for his decision last week to remove U.S. troops from Syria. Turkey has since launched an offensive in Syria against the Kurds, U.S. allies who helped fight ISIS.