Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after voting for H.J. Res. 77, a bipartisan resolution opposing President Donald J. Trump’s decision to abandon America’s Kurdish allies and criticizing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for launching a brutal military offensive against the Kurds in northern Syria:
“President Trump’s deeply misguided and reckless decision has unleashed a torrent of chaos, violence and bloodshed in northern Syria. If the President won’t stand up for America’s allies and forcefully reject Turkish President Erdogan’s military offensive, then the U.S. Congress – in bipartisan fashion – will.
“My colleagues and I will work expeditiously to punish Turkey and the Erdogan regime for its ruinous military operation in northern Syria. At the same time, we will keep up the pressure on the Trump Administration and demand that it take every possible step to reverse the damage that President Trump’s decision has wrought. We must fully support our Kurdish partners in the region and keep our commitments to them.”