Congress is reacting sternly to President Trump’s decision to abruptly remove US troops from Northern Syrian this week, adding to the already-potent drama surrounding the President’s foreign policy decisions.
The Commander in Chief has been adamant in his opposition to endless wars in the Middle East, often butting heads with members of his own cabinet over his non-interventionalist policies. Former National Security Advisor John Bolton, who could find himself testifying before Congress in the coming weeks, was rumored to have been booted from his position in the White House over his opposition to the President’s stance.
The decision to pull US troops from the northern region of Syria has allowed Turkish forces to begin an invasion into the area – something that President Trump is none too pleased about. Trump has even gone so far as to send a stern letter to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan admonishing him for his actions.
That note was not well received, according to new reports.
Sources close to Erdogan confirmed to the BBC Thursday that the Turkish strongman “thoroughly rejected” the letter in which Trump threatened to “[destroy] the Turkish economy” if he took military action in Syria following his announcement several days earlier to withdraw all U.S. troops from the northeast of Syria.
Erdogan reportedly took the letter warning against being a “fool” and tossed it “in the bin,” the sources said.
The letter, first obtained by Fox Business Network, came the same day Erdogan launched a Turkish military offensive into Syria, claiming it wanted to “neutralize terror threats” and establish a “safe zone.”
Trump’s decision to pull back these particular US forces has drawn a strong rebuke from Washington lawmakers, who voted overwhelming in favor of admonishing the President over the maneuver. The opposition to Trump’s move was bipartisan as well, with a great many Republicans defying the President in the vote.
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