Democratic senator: Pompeo 'lives in a parallel alternate universe' on Syria

Democratic senator: Pompeo 'lives in a parallel alternate universe' on Syria
© Aaron Schwartz

Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezHillicon Valley: Facebook launches portal for coronavirus information | EU sees spike in Russian misinformation on outbreak | Senate Dem bill would encourage mail-in voting | Lawmakers question safety of Google virus website Democratic senators press Google over privacy of coronavirus screening site Menendez calls for 'Marie Yovanovitch bill' to protect foreign service employees MORE (D-N.J.), the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, blasted Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoGOP Rep calls for US to bring international case against China over coronavirus Belarus's risky coronavirus strategy House Republicans threaten pushback on Saudi Arabia amid oil market slump MORE’s optimistic assessment of the cease-fire between Turkey and Kurdish forces Sunday, saying Pompeo “lives in a parallel alternate universe.”

“I think the secretary lives in a parallel alternate universe,” Menendez said on ABC’s “This Week,” adding that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos MORE’s withdrawal of U.S. forces from northeastern Syria, which led to a Turkish incursion into the region shortly thereafter, was “a betrayal of the Kurds, who fought and died alongside of us in pursuit of ending the threat of ISIS.”

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Menendez said the withdrawal would also weaken Israel and strengthen Iran and was “a betrayal of our foreign policy to the Russians, who are the big winners of this.”

Under the cease-fire agreement brokered by Vice President Pence, Menendez added, there are "no guarantee that the administration has as it relates to the reconfiguration of ISIS" and "no guarantees about our interests."

"Everybody in the region is recalibrating and rethinking about what their alliances should be," Menendez added. "The president unleashed this disaster, and I think that there's going to be a real threat to the Kurds of ethnic cleansing."

Menendez told host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert Stephanopoulos'Good Morning America' cameraman dies from coronavirus Esper faces tough questions on dismissal of aircraft carrier's commander Pentagon chief says military moving toward face coverings MORE that "if we send a global message, George, that, in fact, we will abandon those who have fought alongside with us, then others in the world, when we are asking them to fight with us or for us, will say, why should I do that?"

Trump and Pompeo have both hailed the ceasefire, although Trump’s foreign policy critics have accused the U.S. of conceding everything Turkey sought in the region.