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 TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race 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 McConnellLindsey Graham: Police need 'to take a firm line' with Sept. 18 rally attendees Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants CEOs urge Congress to raise debt limit or risk 'avoidable crisis' MORE (R-Ky.) and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump offers sympathy for those charged with Jan. 6 offenses Lindsey Graham: Police need 'to take a firm line' with Sept. 18 rally attendees Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod 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 PelosiOn The Money: Democrats get to the hard part Biden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week Stefanik in ad says Democrats want 'permanent election insurrection' MORE (D-Calif.) and Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week CEOs urge Congress to raise debt limit or risk 'avoidable crisis' If .5 trillion 'infrastructure' bill fails, it's bye-bye for an increasingly unpopular Biden 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 HollenBottom line Spendthrift Democrats ignore looming bankruptcy of Social Security and Medicare Progressive pollster: 65 percent of likely voters would back polluters tax MORE (D-Md.) are expected to introduce legislation on Thursday, while Reps. Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulMore Republicans call on Biden to designate Taliban as terrorist group How lawmakers aided the Afghan evacuation Republican taps CNN reporter to investigate Biden's Afghanistan withdrawal MORE (R-Texas) and Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelNYC snafu the latest flub from a broken elections agency Cynthia Nixon backs primary challenger to Rep. Carolyn Maloney Democrats call on Blinken to set new sexual misconduct policies at State Department 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