Speaking on the Senate floor, Senator Mitt Romney voiced his disappointment at President Trump.
Mitt Romney: “I simply don’t understand why the administration did not explain in advance to Erdogan that it’s unacceptable for Turkey to attack an American ally.”
“Are we so weak and so inept diplomatically that Turkey forced the hand of the United States of America? Turkey?”
Mitt Romney: "I simply don't understand why the administration did not explain in advance to Erdogan that it's unacceptable for Turkey to attack an American ally."
"Are we so weak and so inept diplomatically that Turkey forced the hand of the United States of America? Turkey?" pic.twitter.com/AbB59D5Qqe
— ABC News (@ABC) October 17, 2019
Fox News reports Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, on Thursday slammed President Trump for withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria and called the cease-fire between Turkey and Kurdish-led forces “far from a victory.”
Speaking on the Senate floor after Vice President Mike Pence’s announcement of a five-day cease-fire, Romney said: “serious questions remain about how the decision was reached precipitously to withdraw from Syria and why that decision was reached.”
The cease-fire, announced after Pence’s meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara, agrees to halt Turkey’s offensive in Syria for five days so that Kurdish YPG forces can pull back from the roughly 20-mile safe zone on the Turkish-Syrian border.
All Turkish military operations will pause during that time, and the offensive – known as “Operation Peace Spring” – will halt entirely upon the completion of the Kurdish withdrawal, under the terms of the deal.
This is a great day for civilization. I am proud of the United States for sticking by me in following a necessary, but somewhat unconventional, path. People have been trying to make this “Deal” for many years. Millions of lives will be saved. Congratulations to ALL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2019
The cease-fire was heralded by President Trump as a “great day for civilization.” But that didn’t change the fact, argued Romney, that the U.S. has “abandoned” the Kurds.
“Adding insult to dishonor, the administration speaks cavalierly, even flippantly, even as our ally has suffered death and casualty,” Romney said. “We once abandoned a red line. Now we abandon an ally.”
He continued: “The decision to abandon the Kurds violates one of our most sacred duties. It strikes at American honor. What we have done to the Kurds will stand as a bloodstain in the annals of American history.”
This article was written by the staff of TheConservativeOpinion.com