Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Blackburn opposes Trump move on Turkey
U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, Republican of Tennessee on Tuesday was critical of President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria, saying "the U.S. does not abandon partners who have made sacrifices and contributions to protect our national security interests." Normally a staunch Trump defender, Blackburn said the "violence that we are seeing and human suffering on the ground is something that is abhorrent." The senator did applaud the Trump administration for pledging $50 million in emergency funds for humanitarian aid to Syria,, but "those aid dollars will not keep the Kurds protected. It will not prevent ISIS resurgence or protect against Russian or Iranian influence in Syria." Instead Blackburn suggested a continued American presence is what is needed "because we do not need these ISIS fighters reforming and going back into these cells and carrying out violence across the globe." The freshman senator also said that as a Senate Armed Services Committee member she plans to work with colleagues to conduct to field hearings, "fact finding and oversight on this current situation in Syria." There are an estimated 15,000 Kurdish people living in Nashville, the largest community of Kurds in the U.S. An unapologetic President Trump last week defended his decision to pull out of Turkey, tweeting the "Kurds and Turkey have been fighting for many years. Turkey considers the PKK the worst terrorists of all. Others may want to come in and fight for one side or the other. Let them!"


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