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Ruppersberger Issues Statement on President’s Abandonment of U.S. Allies in Syria

Oct 7, 2019
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Defense Appropriator, today issued the following statement following President Trump’s announcement that he will withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria:
“Once again, President Trump is making national security decisions based on his impulsive whims and not the sound advice and expertise of our military and intelligence leaders. This isn’t strategy, this is betrayal.

In his subordinates, the President prizes loyalty above all. But loyalty goes both ways. The Kurds in Syria have fought with us and for us against ISIS and, until yesterday, U.S. policy provided them security guarantees. In turning our backs now – abandoning them and our coalition partners on the brink of invasion – we are sending an awful message around the world that the United States can’t be trusted. Moreover, this decision all but ensures that ISIS will regain strength in the region, negating years of hard work and bloodshed by our troops on the frontlines, whom I have visited.

Good leaders are good listeners. I implore the President to listen to his own advisors and reverse course on this dangerous and shortsighted decision.”