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

Democratic senator: Pompeo 'lives in a parallel alternate universe' on Syria
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Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezSenate passes legislation supporting Hong Kong protesters Graham blocks resolution recognizing Armenian genocide after Erdoğan meeting Trump encounters GOP resistance to investigating Hunter Biden MORE (D-N.J.), the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, blasted Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoSondland brings impeachment inquiry to White House doorstep Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Senate eyes sending stopgap spending bill back to House | Sondland delivers bombshell impeachment testimony | Pentagon deputy says he didn't try to block official's testimony Five bombshells from explosive Sondland testimony 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 TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate 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 StephanopoulosLawmakers spar over upcoming Sondland testimony GOP rep on impeachment: 'I think the evidence is crumbling' Senate Republicans can acquit Trump — but they cannot defend his conduct 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.