Trump invites congressional leaders to meeting on Turkey

Trump invites congressional leaders to meeting on Turkey
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The White House has invited congressional leadership and key committee members to a meeting with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE on Wednesday to discuss Turkey in the wake of Ankara's invasion of northern Syria. 

Two sources confirmed to The Hill that the White House had invited leadership in both parties from both the House and Senate to meet with Trump at 3 p.m. 


One of the Hill sources said that chairmen and ranking members from the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, House Foreign Affairs and Senate Foreign Relations had also been invited to the meeting.

The White House powwow would come two days after Trump announced that he was implementing financial penalties on Turkey over its military incursion into northern Syria, ratcheting up tariffs and pausing trade talks. 

The financial penalties followed days of high-profile criticism from Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers skeptical of progress on spending deal as wall battle looms Impeachment battle looms over must-pass defense bill 'Saturday Night Live' presents Trump impeachment hearings with 'pizzazz' of soap opera MORE (R-Ky.) and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy GOP eager for report on alleged FBI surveillance abuse Johnson opens door to subpoenaing whistleblower, Schiff, Bidens MORE (R-S.C.), who warned that it would endanger the Kurds and embolden the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). 

Lawmakers are also considering passing additional legislation to crack down on Ankara and formally break with Trump's decision to draw back troops ahead of Turkey's military operation. 

The House will vote Wednesday on a resolution opposing Trump's decision. It also calls on Turkey to end its military action, calls on the United States to protect the Kurds and calls on the White House "to present a clear and specific plan for the enduring defeat of ISIS."

Though the resolution will put lawmakers on the record on Trump's strategy, it only directly mentions Trump once when it notes that Trump had a phone call with Turkey President Erdogan where they discussed the upcoming Turkish operation and that shortly thereafter the White House announced the decision to pull back troops.

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSchumer calls on Trump to testify as part of impeachment inquiry Sunday shows — Spotlight shifts to Sondland ahead of impeachment inquiry testimony Perception won't be reality, once AI can manipulate what we see MORE (D-Calif.) and Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Chad Wolf becomes acting DHS secretary Schumer blocks drug pricing measure during Senate fight, seeking larger action MORE (D-N.Y.) urged support for the resolution in a joint statement on Tuesday.

“Sanity and strength must be immediately restored to America’s national security. We urge all of our colleagues – Democrat and Republican – to support this resolution," they said. 

Lawmakers are also considering slapping additional sanctions on Turkey. Graham and Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenOvernight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Senate Foreign Relations chair: 'Best' not to pass Turkey sanctions bill 'at this moment' On The Money: Retirement savings bill blocked in Senate after fight over amendments | Stopgap bill may set up December spending fight | Hardwood industry pleads for relief from Trump trade war MORE (D-Md.) are expected to introduce legislation on Thursday, while Reps. Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulTexas GOP congressman calls on governor to postpone execution of Rodney Reed House Republicans add Hunter Biden, whistleblower to impeachment hearing witness wish list Trump: Whistleblower 'must come forward' MORE (R-Texas) and Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelOvernight Defense: Protests at Trump's NYC Veterans Day speech | House Dems release Pentagon official's deposition transcript | Lawmakers ask Trump to rescind Erdogan invite Bipartisan House members call on Trump to rescind Erdoğan invitation House Democrats pull subpoena for ex-Trump national security official MORE (D-N.Y.) have said they will introduce sanctions legislation.

A senior Democratic aide noted that the House was currently working on the sanctions bill "but it has not been scheduled at this point."

McConnell hasn't committed to bringing any legislation up for a vote. 

“I look forward to discussing with members on both sides and with the administration how the U.S. can stand with our partners and provide strong, principled and consistent global leadership,” McConnell said on Tuesday during a floor speech. 

He didn’t rule out sanctions during a separate interview with Defense News, saying “that’s what we’ll be talking about now that we’re all back together.” A McConnell spokesman confirmed the accuracy of the quote. 

Rebecca Kheel contributed