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Democrats to offer resolution demanding Trump reverse Syria decision

Congressional Democrats will offer a resolution urging President Trump to reverse his decision to pull back troops from northern Syria, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday.
 
Schumer told reporters during a press conference in New York that he had spoken with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and that they would be offering a joint resolution that would touch on Trump’s decision and Turkey’s military actions in Syria.
 
“We will be putting on the floor of the Senate and the House … a joint resolution that urges the president to undo his decision to do everything he can to protect the Kurds, to do everything that we must do to prevent ISIS terrorists from escaping, and make sure that Turkey respects existing agreements related to Syria and with the United States,” Schumer said. 
 
{mosads}Trump’s decision to pull back U.S. troops from northern Syria has sparked fierce bipartisan backlash on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers warned it would endanger allies, including the Kurds, and strengthen ISIS. 
 
Schumer added on Sunday that Democratic leadership believes the resolution will get “strong bipartisan support,” adding that Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was supporting the resolution. 
 

“I’m going to work so hard to pass this resolution, this joint resolution, this bipartisan resolution to try and get the president to undo what he has done,” Schumer added.

 
The Democrats’ resolution is still being drafted, according to Schumer, but in addition to urging Trump to reverse his decision, it will also call on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to end military action and on the United States to “ensure that the Turkish military respects existing agreements and acts with restraint.” It also backs military and humanitarian support for the Kurds.
 
The resolution is the latest sign of the pushback Trump is facing from lawmakers. 
 
McCaul and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) unveiled sanctions legislation against Turkey on Friday. Meanwhile, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said last week she would offer sanctions legislation, and Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) are expected to introduce a bill on Tuesday. 
 
Defense Secretary Mark Esper defended the decision to withdraw troops, arguing they would not have prevented Turkey’s invasion of Syria. 

“I think they were fully committed,” Esper said of Turkey on “Fox News Sunday.” “We are not going to go to war, another war in the Middle East, against Turkey. … That’s not what we signed up for.”

Tags Charles Schumer Chris Van Hollen Donald Trump Eliot Engel Lindsey Graham Liz Cheney Mark Esper Michael McCaul Nancy Pelosi

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