“The President’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Northern Syria is a deeply disturbing development that betrays our Kurdish allies who have been instrumental partners in our mission to eradicate ISIS,” Pelosi said in a statement.
“Despite what the President might say, ISIS remains a serious threat. This reckless, misguided decision undermines the efforts by our brave servicemembers and our allies to end ISIS’s tyranny,” she said.
Pelosi added that Trump is deserting an ally while attempting to appease Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, whom she calls an “authoritarian strongman,” by turning “operational responsibility” in the region over to Ankara.
“President Trump has abandoned our Kurdish partners,” said.
“This decision poses a dire threat to regional security and stability, and sends a dangerous message to Iran and Russia, as well as our allies, that the United States is no longer a trusted partner.”
Numerous Republicans are also making rare breaks with the president on the issue.
“This betrayal of the Kurds will also severely harm our credibility as an ally the world over. President Trump should rethink this decision immediately,” Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said in a statement.
Trump’s decision reportedly came as a shock to Pentagon officials, with an administration official telling Foreign Policy “the entire [Department of Defense] leadership was opposed to the endorsement and the withdrawal.”