Engel: 'I'm disgusted' US president would be comfortable with Erdogan

Engel: 'I'm disgusted' US president would be comfortable with Erdogan
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House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman 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.) said on Sunday that he is "disgusted" that a U.S. president would "feel comfortable" with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"Erdogan's a bad guy, and I'm disgusted that the American president would feel comfortable with a guy like Erdogan," Engel told host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddChuck Todd is dead wrong: Liberal bias defines modern journalism The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Officers recount the horror of Jan. 6 NFL Network's Rich Eisen says he has COVID-19 despite being vaccinated MORE on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Engel also said that NATO should consider removing Turkey as a member because it's acting like a "Russian ally."

President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE has defended his decision to remove troops from northern Syria ahead of a Turkish military operation there, saying the U.S. cannot be involved in endless wars overseas. Trump has also threatened Turkey with sanctions if it acts inhumanely against the Syrian Kurds, who partnered with the U.S. in the fight against ISIS. 

The leader of the Foreign Affairs Committee said two bipartisan bills will be presented this week that will denounce Trump's policy involving the Kurds and establishes sanctions on Turkey for its attacks against the Kurds.

Engel added that the president's policy will deter future allies from cooperating with the U.S.

"This is going to make people flee from us," he added. "And it's just absolutely disgraceful that the president of the United States is facilitating all of this." 

Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have condemned the president for deciding to remove U.S. troops from Syria, worrying that the Kurdish forces will view the action as a betrayal.