Nevada’s entire House delegation condemns Trump’s Syria troop withdrawal

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U.S. Capitol. Credit: Wikimedia Commons
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U.S. Capitol. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

WASHINGTON — All four members of Nevada’s representatives in the U.S. House  Wednesday voted to approve a resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria. 

The resolution passed the House with broad bipartisan support, delivering a stinging rebuke to the president. The final vote was 354-60. 

“For years, the Syrian Kurdish forces were reliable partners in waging war against ISIS and helping us eliminate their territorial Caliphate,” said Democratic Rep. Dina Titus, the dean of the Nevada House delegation. “Yet, now we have turned our backs on them – betraying these allies and allowing for their slaughter.

“So the next time the U.S. needs a true friend in an unstable region, who will trust us as a partner? How can President Trump possibly justify allowing ISIS fighters to break free?

“We have created a power vacuum that ISIS, Putin, and Assad are quickly filling. Our allies deserve better than this,” Titus said.

Democratic Reps. Susie Lee and Steven Horsford and Republican Rep. Mark Amodei also voted for resolution.

Democratic and Republican lawmakers in both chambers have slammed the president after he ordered the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the region. Critics blame the decision for allowing a Turkish incursion into the region that targeted U.S. Kurdish allies. 

“Since President Trump gave Turkey the green light to attack our Kurdish partners, Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate have been united in our swift and serious condemnation of this reckless action, which threatens countless lives, endangers our Kurdish partners and undermines our credibility in the world,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said this week in a joint statement. 

The resolution states that “an abrupt withdrawal of United States military personnel from certain parts of Northeast Syria is beneficial to adversaries of the United States government, including Syria, Iran, and Russia.” It says that lawmakers oppose the troop withdrawal and it calls on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to immediately cease unilateral military action in northeast Syria. 

Trump dismissed criticisms of his policy on Wednesday, saying the area is “not our border,” and calling Kurdish forces “no angels,” according to NBC. 

A Senate version of the resolution has also been introduced by Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.). 

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, slammed the president’s move in an interview with reporters in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. 

“I hope he will reconsider, stop the bloodshed and reset the table before it’s too late,” Graham said. “His decision and line of thinking was against all sound military advice.”

Robin Bravender
Robin Bravender is the Washington, D.C., bureau chief for The Newsroom, a network of state-based non-profit news outlets that includes Nevada Current.

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