U.S. House condemns Trump's withdrawal from Syria
The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to condemn President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from northeastern Syria, clearing the way for Turkey’s offensive against U.S.-allied Syrian Kurds.
The vote was 354 to 60 for the resolution, as dozens of Trump’s fellow Republicans joined the majority Democrats in favor.
Separately, congressional and committee leaders from both parties were meeting with Trump at the White House to discuss his Syria policy, Reuters reported.
The resolution backed by the House opposes Trump’s decision to remove the troops and calls on the his administration to present a “clear and specific plan for the enduring defeat of ISIS (the terrorist group banned in Russia).
It also calls on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to immediately end the offensive, seeks continued U.S. support for Syrian Kurdish communities through humanitarian support and also calls on the United States to work to ensure that Turkey’s military acts with restraint.