WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican and Democratic leaders say President Donald Trump's pullout of U.S. forces in Syria may have created a "power vacuum" that could pose a threat to the U.S. and its allies.
Republican Leader Mitch McConnell delivered a reminder Tuesday that a veto-proof majority of 70 senators voted earlier this year against such a pullout. He suggested Trump's move allowed Turkey to invade, "creating a power vacuum begging for the meddling influence of Russia," and leaving Syria open for Iran to advance its reach "unimpeded" toward Israel.
Democratic Leader Charles Schumer slammed Trump for scuttling years of progress American and Syrian Kurdish forces had made against the Islamic State group "in one fell, quick, unthought-out swoop." He said Trump's abrupt decision has encouraged an Islamic State "jailbreak."
McConnell's office released the full transcript of his remarks on the Senate floor about the violence in a news release Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday morning, the Kentucky senator released a statement on the issue as well. To read that statement, click here.
McConnell's full remarks: