In the wake of President Trump’s decision to pull US troops out of northeast Syria, a growing chorus of Senate Republicans are dismissing Trump’s threat of economic sanctions against Turkey if it continues its incursion into the region, the Washington Examiner reports.
According to Sen. John Thune (R-SD), attempts to apply meaningful sanctions on Turkey after Trump green lit its invasion are just politicians “grasping to come up with something,” adding that the Trump’s decision “was a mistake” from the beginning.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), a frequent critic of the President, also spoke out, saying that sanctions “aren’t going to do any good.”
“Abandoning [the Kurds] in my opinion, was an enormous strategic mistake and represents one of the darkest days in American foreign policy history,” Romney added.
Also criticizing Trump’s decision was Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), wh0 said that sanctions could actually be a boon to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, framing him as someone willing to stand up to the US.
“There is no way to unravel it, there is no way to undo some of the more significant damage it’s done,” Rubio said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) also issued a rare criticism of Trump.
“I’m sorry that we are where we are,” McConnell said. “I hope that the vice president and the secretary of state can somehow repair the damage.”
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Trump official stationed in Ukraine set to give new deposition — along with another White House official
The House impeachment inquiry has scheduled another closed-door depositions from two additional Trump administration officials.
The Democratic majority has set hearings later this week for David Holmes, who works at the U.S. embassy in Ukraine, and Mark Sandy, who works in the Office of Management and Budget, reported Axios.
Public hearings begin Wednesday in the impeachment inquiry, when Bill Taylor, the top diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, a senior State Department official in charge of Ukraine policy, will testify before House investigators.
WATCH LIVE: House Intelligence committee holds first public Trump impeachment hearing
On Wednesday morning the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence will hold its first public impeachment hearing looking into allegations that President Donald Trump abused his office by attempting pressure Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce an investigation that would benefit the president politically in return for releasing $400 million in much-needed security aid.