President Trump met with resistance from both sides following his decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria, but some of the democrat rhetoric is almost the opposite of what happened to party members when President Barack Obama withdrew troops from Iraq. For example, Californian Democrat MP Maxine Waters and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi were vociferous opponents of Trump's withdrawal after they backed Obama's efforts exactly eight years later.
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"I hope this conflict at the end of the Iraq war will be a solemn reminder of the cost of the war," Waters said in a statement released on October 21
Cut to October 7, 2019, and Waters beat Trump for defending Kurdish forces against Turkish attacks.
] "If the United States leaves the Kurds, these courageous allies will never trust us again," Waters said in a statement, adding that "Trump's betrayal of the Kurds is a gift to Russia, Iran, and the IS . " Day, Pelosi came out against Trump and warned that leaving North Syria could lead to a resurgence of the IS.
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"This reckless, wrong decision undermines the ef forts of our brave soldiers and our allies to end the tyranny of the IS," she said.
But while Republicans had similar reservations about withdrawing from Iraq in 2011, Pelosi praised Obama "for a promise they made and made that the US kept. The Iraq Security Agreement and the desire of the American people to bring all our troops home by the end of this year. "
Pelosi stormed out of a meeting with Trump on Wednesday after what she said was a" meltdown "of the president.
Senator Bernie Sanders, one of the Democratic leaders for the 2020 presidential nomination, also criticized Trump, even though he was historically opposed to the war.
"You do not turn your back on an ally who lost 11,000 soldiers in the fight against terrorism through a tweet and a discussion with Erdogan," Sanders told George Stephanopoulos of ABC. This criticism came, though Sanders acknowledged that "I am a strong opponent of endless wars."
This position became clear in 2011 when Sanders backed Obama's Iraqi withdrawal.
"I welcome the President's decision and have endorsed this position." Now is the time to bring our troops home, cut our military budget, and create jobs by rebuilding our infrastructure and our own Reduce public debt. "
On Thursday, Trump vented on Democratic criticism: "I am the only person who can fight for the safety of our troops and bring them home from the ridiculous and costly endless wars and be despised." Democrats always liked this position until I saw them assumed, "he said.
Republicans were equally critical of Trump. 129 GOP members voted against a resolution against the withdrawal and joined a unanimous democratic contingent. Sen. Lindsey Graham Trump was particularly vocal and accused the senator of "wanting to stay in the Middle East for the next 1,000 years."
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Graham, however, was not a follower of Obama and Trump and his predecessors have merged into critical foreign policy mistakes.
"President Trump is told exactly what President Obama said before he withdrew from Iraq," Graham tweeted on Wednesday. You should necessarily make the same mistakes in Syria as President Obama did in Iraq. "