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Kaine Statement On Withdrawal Of U.S. Troops From Northern Syria

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops from northern Syria:

“President Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops from Syria’s border with Turkey and abandon the Kurds is a betrayal of a key partner in our fight against ISIS.  Now they are on their own — facing threats from the Syrian government, Turkey, Russia, and ISIS remnants. And Trump took this step against the advice of our diplomats and military leaders. He didn’t even notify the Kurds, our allies, or Congress.  The Trump Doctrine continues—abandon allies and embolden adversaries.  The Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees need to call DOD and State Department witnesses to come before Congress and explain this immediately.”