House overwhelmingly votes bipartisan condemnation of Trump withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria
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WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to condemn President Donald Trump's withdrawal of American forces from northern Syria.
Despite stark divisions over Democrats' Trump impeachment inquiry, Democrats and Republicans banded together and approved a nonbinding resolution by 354-60 vote.
The resolution states Congress' opposition to the troop pullback and says Turkey should cease its military action in Syria. And the measure says the White House should present a plan for an "enduring defeat" of the Islamic State group.
Republicans called the troop withdrawal "disastrous" and a "catastrophe." Democrats criticized Trump directly, with Rep. Seth Moulton saying Trump "has taken the side of dictators and butchers."
Among senators, Lindsey Graham, one of Trump's closest allies, said Trump's decision will allow IS to reemerge and added that the president will "be held accountable."
Graham said Trump's decision "is against all sound military advice" and that he hopes Trump "will reconsider, stop the bloodshed and reset the table before it's too late."
GOP Leader Mitch McConnell called the U.S.-Kurd partnership "a terrific alliance" that set the Islamic State group back and said he is "sorry we are where we are."
Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan "has not been a reliable ally. The Kurds have been a reliable ally."
1. Trump To Send 3,000 Additional Troops To Saudi Arabia (since May, Trump has sent an additional 14,000 members of the armed forces into the region ).
2. Senate Majority Leader McConnell: “Sadly, the recently announced pullout risks repeating the Obama administration’s reckless withdrawal from Iraq, which facilitated the rise of the Islamic State in the first place.”