President Trump’s decision to pull US troops from Northern Syria has irked a great many legislators on Capitol Hill, both from the Republican and Democratic sides of the aisle.
At the heart of the matter are the Kurds – an ethnic group who were close allies with America in the war against ISIS. As many as ten thousand Kurdish fighters gave their lives in the battle against the Islamic caliphate, prompting American military leaders to express an extraordinary amount of gratitude to the group.
Now, with Trump’s latest troop removal, the Kurds have been left to fend for themselves against military forces that they are no match for. This has prompted many to call the maneuver a “betrayal”, and call for an immediate reversal by the Commander in Chief.
Senator Lindsey Graham, once a staunch ally of Trump, went even further during an appearance on The 700 Club.
Graham said to host Pat Robertson, “To your viewers: If you are not praying for the Kurds, we should all be ashamed of ourselves. It was the Kurds who worked with the America military to destroy ISIS. If we abandon the Kurds, it will be dishonorable. It will be a disaster.”
He continued, “I am looking to President Trump to change this. I will do anything I can to help him, but I will also become President Trump’s worst nightmare. I will not sit along the sidelines and watch our good ally, the Kurds, be slaughtered by Turkey and watch Iran move into Syria and become another nightmare for Israel. This is a defining moment for President Trump — he needs to up his game.”
This latest pushback comes at a precarious time for the President, as a recent Gallup poll indicates that support for his impeachment and removal from office is strengthening among the American people.