Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, became another of many Republicans to chastise President Donald Trump on Monday for pulling out of Syria because it will “undermine our ongoing campaign to prevent an ISIS resurgence and will ultimately threaten our homeland.”
“The United States should not step aside and allow a Turkish military operation in Northeast Syria,” McCaul, the ranking GOP member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“The United States needs to stay engaged to prevent further destructive involvement in the region from our adversaries like the Assad regime, Putin, and Iran.”
McCaul, 57, first elected in 2004, followed such Republicans as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Ky., Sen. Lindsey Graham, S.C., and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley in attacking Trump for his decision.
Only Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has backed President Trump.
“The Syrian Democratic Forces and our other local partners have made immense sacrifices to help the United States defeat the physical caliphate, and they continue to support our operations in the region,” McCaul said. “Our collective focus needs to remain on the counter-ISIS mission.”
He called on Trump to “reconsider this decision and for the United States to re-engage with Turkey on a security mechanism in Northeast Syria that does not entail unilateral Turkish military action.”
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