As the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) should be supporting his party’s president, not openly thwarting his objectives.
McConnell, however, has turned against Trump by introducing a resolution in opposition to the president’s decision to withdraw American troops from the Syrian border, The Hill reports.
When Donald Trump announced he wanted to pull troops out of northern Syria, there was outrage on both sides of the aisle.
We expected this from Democrats, but when both Sens. Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) openly criticized Trump over the decision, it created even more problems in the media for Trump.
Everyone thought the deal negotiated by Vice President Mike Pence would have caused Republicans to rally around Trump, but that is not what happened.
After the House passed an overwhelmingly bipartisan measure to block the move by Trump, Senator McConnell said he was going to put even stronger legislation on the floor to voice opposition to the withdrawal.
On Tuesday, McConnell followed through, stating: “If not arrested, withdrawing from Syria will invite more chaos that breeds terrorism and creates a vacuum our adversaries will certainly fill.”
Pushing the Democrat Narrative
During a White House meeting, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told Trump that when it comes to his policies, all roads lead to Putin. Of course, then she stormed out of the meeting and ran to the press to tell them that Trump was having a mental meltdown.
McConnell is pushing this very same point, saying the withdrawal of troops will give Russia far more leverage in the Middle East.
While both sides of the aisle want this war to continue, Trump has announced that the early stipulations in the deal have been met, and Turkey has agreed to a ceasefire pending further progress under the terms of the agreement.
If the Kurds leave the border area over the next week as agreed, Turkey will comply with a permanent ceasefire (or at least as permanent as anything can ever be in the Middle East).
It now appears as though politicians on both sides are more worried about staying in a war than they are in protecting our troops and extricating them from centuries-old conflicts in the Middle East.