Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned on Tuesday that Turkey would face “sanctions from hell” if it moves its military into northern Syria, in the wake of President Trump‘s decision to draw back U.S. troops.
“If Turkey moves into northern Syria, sanctions from hell — by Congress — will follow. Wide, deep, and devastating sanctions,” Graham tweeted.
The move comes after the White House announced on Sunday night that Ankara was moving forward with a long-threatened offensive in northeastern Syria and that U.S. troops would not be in the “immediate area” when it happens.
Graham, along with most lawmakers for both parties, panned that decision, calling it a “disaster in the making.” During a Monday interview with Fox News’s “Fox & Friends,” he pledged that he would work to slap new sanctions on Turkey if “they step one foot inside Syria.”
“I hope I’m making myself clear how shortsighted and irresponsible this decision is in my view,” he said. “This to me is just unnerving to its core.”
“So many people conveniently forget that Turkey is a big trading partner of the United States, in fact they make the structural steel frame for our F-35 Fighter Jet,” Trump tweeted. “They have also been good to deal with, helping me to save many lives at Idlib Province, and returning, in very good health, at my request, Pastor Brunson, who had many years of a long prison term remaining.”