Criticism of US president comes as he gives green light to Turkish takeover of Kurd’s home.
Donald Trump drew condemnation from the highest levels of his Republican party after he appeared to give Turkey the green light to launch a military incursion into Syria against US-backed Kurdish militias that have spearheaded the battle against Isis.
Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader who rarely rebukes Mr Trump, warned the president not to follow through on an announcement that he suggested was in line with the foreign policy of former president Barack Obama.
“As we learned the hard way during the Obama Administration, American interests are best served by American leadership, not by retreat or withdrawal,” Mr McConnell said.
The White House on Sunday said the US would remove its forces from near the Syrian border with Turkey after Mr Trump spoke to Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish president.
In a call with reporters in the wake of the criticism, a senior US official denied Mr Trump had given the go-ahead to a military incursion. He said the president had decided to remove 50 US special forces from a limited area on the border to make sure they were not caught in the crossfire if Turkey went ahead with the operation.
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GOP lawmakers, furious over Trump’s decision to withdraw troops to make way for a Turkish offensive against Kurdish allies, are preparing legislation that would force the administration to impose sanctions on Turkey.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced Friday that Trump would sign an executive order giving the Treasury Department “very significant” new sanctions authorities against Turkey, but it’s unclear whether the move will be enough to placate Republicans on Capitol Hill.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) called the announcement “welcome news,” while Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said the administration needs to “up their game.”
“We are witnessing ethnic cleansing in Syria by Turkey, the destruction of a reliable ally in the Kurds, and the reemergence of ISIS,” Graham tweeted after Friday’s announcement.
“The conditional sanctions announced today will be viewed by Turkey as a tepid response and will embolden Erdogan even more,” he added, referring to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. “The Turkish government needs to know Congress will take a different path — passing crippling sanctions in a bipartisan fashion.”
Graham, alongside Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), is expected to introduce harsh sanctions against Turkey this week as a punishment for its incursion into northern Syria against the Kurds, longtime allies of the U.S.
It’s not yet known whether their bill will get a floor vote; a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Friday he had no “updates or guidance on this right now.”