Pelosi, Graham seek deal on Turkey sanctions in response to Trump's Syria withdrawal

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — California monitoring 8,400 people for coronavirus | Pence taps career official to coordinate response | Dems insist on guardrails for funding Overnight Energy: Murkowski, Manchin unveil major energy bill | Lawmakers grill EPA chief over push to slash agency's budget | GOP lawmaker accuses Trump officials of 'playing politics' over Yucca Mountain Hillicon Valley — Presented by Facebook — Federal court rules tech giants can censor content | Trump upends surveillance fight | Senate passes bill barring federal funds for Huawei equipment MORE (D-Calif.) said on Monday that she and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump upends controversial surveillance fight The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump on US coronavirus risks: 'We're very, very ready for this' Surveillance fight emerges as intelligence flashpoint MORE (R-S.C.) agreed on the need for a resolution overturning President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Congress eyes billion to billion to combat coronavirus Sanders makes the case against Biden ahead of SC primary MORE's decision on Syria, as well as additional sanctions against Turkey.

"Pleased to have a conversation with Senator @LindseyGrahamSC this morning. Our first order of business was to agree that we must have a bipartisan, bicameral joint resolution to overturn the President’s dangerous decision in Syria immediately," Pelosi said in a string of tweets about the phone call.

ADVERTISEMENT

She added that Congress also needs a bipartisan Turkey sanctions package that would go beyond potential financial penalties being considered by the administration.

"As we find ourselves in a situation where the President gave a green light to the Turks to bomb and effectively unleashed ISIS, we must have a stronger sanctions package than what the White House is suggesting," Pelosi said.

Readouts from both Pelosi and Graham did not mention a deal on specific legislation, but centered on a broader agreement that additional sanctions were needed.

Graham, in a separate tweet, said that Pelosi supports "bipartisan sanctions against Turkey’s outrages in Syria. She also believes we should show support for Kurdish allies and is concerned about the reemergence of ISIS."

"I will be working across party lines in a bicameral fashion to draft sanctions and move quickly, appreciating President Trump’s willingness to work with the Congress. The Speaker indicated to me that time was of the essence," he continued.

The call between Pelosi and Graham comes as lawmakers are trying to coalesce behind a strategy as they return to Washington from a two-week break.

Lawmakers have already introduced several pieces of legislation including sanctions against Turkey and a resolution opposing the administration's decision to pull back U.S. troops in northern Syria. Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer Sanders blasts Trump for picking 'completely unqualified' Pence for coronavirus response Trump passes Pence a dangerous buck Democratic mega-donor reaching out to Pelosi, Schumer in bid to stop Sanders: report MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday that Democrats would be offering a similar resolution.

Graham is expected to meet with Trump later Monday as the president weighs slapping his own financial penalties on Turkey amid widespread backlash from lawmakers about his Syria strategy.

"Dealing with @LindseyGrahamSC and many members of Congress, including Democrats, about imposing powerful Sanctions on Turkey. Treasury is ready to go, additional legislation may be sought. There is great consensus on this. Turkey has asked that it not be done. Stay tuned!" Trump tweeted over the weekend.