Romney bemoans 'tragic loss of life' in Syria after Trump move

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyOvernight Defense: Lawmakers demand answers on reported Russian bounties for US troops deaths in Afghanistan | Defense bill amendments target Germany withdrawal, Pentagon program giving weapons to police Senators aim to limit Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November MORE (R-Utah) called the civilian deaths reported in Syria following Turkey's invasion and the Trump administration's removal of U.S. troops "a tragic loss of life among friends shamefully betrayed," in a tweet Wednesday.

The Utah senator referenced reports that Turkey had begun a military offensive in northern Syria against Kurdish forces that were allied with the U.S. in the fight against ISIS. The Associated Press has reported Turkish strikes in Syria have killed at least seven civilians.

"It's a tragic loss of life among friends shamefully betrayed," Romney tweeted. "We can only hope the President's decision does not lead to even greater loss of life and a resurgence of ISIS."

Turkey began its offensive Wednesday, days after President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse panel approves 0.5B defense policy bill House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops MORE announced that he would withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. The move sparked backlash from both sides of the aisle, with lawmakers saying the decision would betray the Kurdish force who teamed with the U.S. against ISIS.

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Following the criticism, Trump defended his decision, while also warning Turkey that if it goes too far, he would "totally destroy and obliterate" the country's economy.

Trump on Wednesday tried to distance himself from Turkey's attack.

"The United States does not endorse this attack and has made it clear to Turkey that this operation is a bad idea," the president said in a statement.