The entire Republican leadership in the House voted against President Trump’s decision to pull US troops of the Syrian border.
- Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
- Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA)
- Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney
- GOP Policy Committee Chairman Gary Palmer (R-AL)
- Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), the top Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee who co-sponsored the legislation with the panel’s Democratic chairman.
129 Republican representatives voted to condemn President Trump for withdrawing the U.S. military from the Syrian border and leaving Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria without U.S. backup.
Interesting enough, we’re talking about the same members of Congress who refused to support sending U.S. soldiers to Syria in the first place. So, sending our soldiers to Syria was wrong, but pulling them out of there is much worse. So much worse, that two-thirds of Republicans in the House decided to break ranks and voted with Democrats (The final vote was 354-60) to rebuke President’s decision.
Some people are never happy.
You either with us or against us.
I know it sounds dramatic but, to 129 guys/girls in the House — choose your sides wisely, there’s no middle ground.
I don’t understand why instead of waiting a few days, let VP Pence and SecState Pompeo negotiate with Pres Erdogan and see how the situation on the Syrian border will play out, our guys(?) rushed to take such a heavy-duty stand against President Trump. (Hopefully, it was just a one-time act of insanity caused by substantial stress and a lack of proper diet.) There are better ways of expressing disagreement with the leader of your party.
Just a day after 129 Republican members of Congress decided to stand with Democrats against a Republican President, and condemn his decision to pull our soldiers of the Syrian border, the five-day ceasefire has been agreed on.
A little rough love from the President.
It will give Kurdish-led forces time to pull back from controlled by the Turkish military “safe zone,” which Pres. Erdogan wants to create along the Turkish/Syrian border. Once the Kurds are cleared from the safe zone, Turkey will commit to a permanent ceasefire.
Will ceasefire work? I have no idea. It looks like at least one side involved in the “deal” doesn’t take it seriously. Turkey accused Kurdish forces of violating the agreement by launching 14 attacks since the agreement to end bloodshed was reached.
Republican leadership in Congress could call a press conference or come up with an opened letter presenting different, in their opinion better solution to the problem. Instead, for some unexplainable reason, they decided to use the worst option available — cooperation with people who look to destroy not just the President but the entire Republican party. That’s smart, very smart. Very smart if one wants to commit political suicide.
The last thought.
I’m not going to judge the President’s decision; my security clearance doesn’t cover access to information needed to form a decent opinion, but I’m going to comment on the way most Republicans in Congress reacted to it.
Although the resolution has no legal force, I see a passing of it in the House as a huge win for the Democrats. They sold the resolution as support of Kurdish allies, who worked closely with American troops in the fight against Islamic State, but designed and then used it to drive a wedge between President and Republicans in Congress and as help to create a narrative that Pres. Trump is losing the support of his party.
To Democrats — great move. Could help your impeachment efforts.
To Republicans — what the hell is wrong with you? Your President is under assault (which started right after it became clear that he will run for office,) and you instead of defending him decided to bent over for Democrats?
I have bad and good news to share with you ladies and gents of Republican part of US Congress:
Bad news — You’ve been used.
Good news — It won’t be forgotten.
Below I’ve dropped a list of Republican members of Congress, who allowed themselves be used by Democrats in the war against Donald Trump.
These are Republicans who voted with Democrats.
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