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Pelosi, Schumer hit 'flailing' Trump over 'sham ceasefire' deal

Top congressional Democrats lashed out President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he MORE for agreeing to drop recently announced sanctions against Turkey as part of a cease-fire agreement announced Thursday.

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Republican proposes constitutional amendment to prevent Supreme Court expansion Business groups oppose Paycheck Fairness Act, citing concerns it could threaten bonuses and negotiating New US sanctions further chill Biden-Putin relations MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSchumer lays groundwork for future filibuster reform Holder, Yates lead letter backing Biden pick for Civil Rights Division at DOJ Capitol Police officer killed in car attack lies in honor in Capitol Rotunda MORE (D-N.Y.) said Trump "is flailing" and that he agreed not to implement sanctions against Turkey for a "sham ceasefire."

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"The President’s decision to reverse sanctions against Turkey for brutally attacking our Kurdish partners in exchange for a sham ceasefire seriously undermines the credibility of America’s foreign policy and sends a dangerous message to our allies and adversaries alike that our word cannot be trusted," the two added in a joint statement. 

Vice President Pence announced on Thursday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan agreed to halt Turkey’s offensive in northern Syria for 120 hours in order to allow Kurdish forces known as the YPG to evacuate. The agreement will also maintain a “permanent cease-fire” once the evacuation is complete.

In exchange, Trump will lift the sanctions on Turkey he imposed this week and not impose further sanctions, Pence said.

The announcement was the latest twist in a days-long political battle between Trump and lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Members in both parties fiercely criticized his decision earlier this month to pull back U.S. troops from northern Syria, paving the way for the Turkish invasion. 

Schumer and Pelosi added on Thursday that Erdoğan had "given up nothing," while Trump "has given him everything."

"ISIS is still a threat, certainly now more than before President Trump gave Erdogan the green light to invade Syria," they said.  

"The only beneficiaries of the President’s policies are our adversaries: ISIS, Bashar al-Assad, Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinOvernight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he Biden calls for dialogue with Russia amid raft of sanctions Top general: 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks MORE and Iran. Today’s decision further makes the argument that President Trump doesn’t see Putin as the danger he is to our country," they continued.  

News of the cease-fire was met with skepticism, and in some cases outright criticism, on Capitol Hill. 

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyModerates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats Sinema, Romney propose bill to tackle student loan debt Romney, Sinema teaming up on proposal to raise minimum wage MORE (R-Utah) ripped the administration in a floor speech, adding that the cease-fire was "far from a victory." 

Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenLawmakers struggle with Capitol security after latest attack Democrats torn on Biden's bipartisan pledge Democrats wrestle over tax hikes for infrastructure MORE (D-Md.), who introduced a sanctions bill with Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWall Street spent .9B on campaigns, lobbying in 2020 election: study Biden aide: Ability to collect daily intel in Afghanistan 'will diminish' Leaving Afghanistan: Is it victory or defeat? MORE (R-S.C.) earlier Thursday, pledged that they would continue to push for their bill. 

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyGiffords group unveils gun violence memorial on National Mall Democrats back up Biden bid to return to Iran nuclear deal Biden sparks bipartisan backlash on Afghanistan withdrawal  MORE (D-Conn.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, added that "this essentially gives Erdoğan everything he wants."

"This isn't a diplomatic victory," he added. "It's the capstone on Trump's abandonment of the Kurds."