Monday 14 October 2019 | 8:44 PM Damascus Local Time
  • Pelosi tweets plan to 'overturn' Trump move in Syria

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    Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday that the House and Senate would craft a resolution to “overturn” President Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops away from the Syrian border.

    The California Democrat said she discussed the plan Monday morning with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who is generally an ally of Trump’s but is staunchly opposed to the president’s move in Syria.

    “Our first order of business was to agree that we must have a bipartisan, bicameral joint resolution to overturn the President’s dangerous decision in Syria immediately,” Pelosi tweeted Monday.

    But Graham characterized the call differently and said Monday that he’s planning bipartisan legislation to sanction Turkey, which has moved aggressively to attack Syria since Trump’s announcement that he would move several dozen U.S. military advisers away from the conflicted border region, leaving the Kurds to fend for themselves.

    “Just spoke with Speaker Pelosi regarding congressional action on Turkey’s incursion of Syria,” Graham tweeted. “Speaker supports bipartisan sanctions against Turkey’s outrages in Syria. She also believes we should show support for Kurdish allies and is concerned about the reemergence of ISIS."

    Graham added, “I will be working across party lines in a bicameral fashion to draft sanctions and move quickly, appreciating President Trump’s willingness to work with the Congress. The Speaker indicated to me that time was of the essence.”

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