Tal Abyad from the Syrian city of Smoke rises on 10 October 2019 on the second day of the Turkish military operation against Kurdish forces. President Trump's decision to withdraw the US forces from the area was considered a green light for the operation and encouraged him to condemn within the GOP.
Bulent Kilic / AFP via Getty Images
Bulent Kilic / AFP via Getty Images
Tal Abyad from the Syrian city of Smoke rises on 10 October 2019 on the second day of the Turkish military operation against Kurdish forces. President Trump's decision to withdraw US forces from the area was considered a go-ahead for the operation, and he was acquitted by the GOP for beating Bulent Kilic / AFP over Getty Images
The growing gap between President Trump and many of his fellow Republicans over his decision to block US troops in Syria from a Turkish invasion jeopardizes his delicate alliance with the GOP at a time when he needs more than her support Always, say party strategists.
However, some of Trump's closest allies say that the division could ultimately help him defeat him.
"No President likes it I have his own party to fight with him," said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is also an informal Trump consultant. He said the Republicans have legitimate concerns about Trump's decision, including the lack of an advance notice.
However, by disagreeing with Trump over Syria, "they prove they are independent of him," Gingrich said. "They prove that they will not automatically do what Trump wants," said Gingrich, who led the 1998 investigation into former President Bill Clinton.
On Wednesday, Turkey launched airstrikes against Allied Kurdish fighters in northern Syria just days after Trump said he would remove US troops from the immediate area. Trump justified the decision by saying that it was time to end United States involvement in "endless wars."
"The worst mistake the United States has made In my opinion, it ever went to the Middle East," said Trump.
Loyal allies such as Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., blew up Trump's decision and said it was "the biggest mistake of his presidency," if not the other way round.
At least one Republican took his criticism of Trump a step further.
Illinois MP John Shimkus, who resigned from Congress, described the president's decision to leave the Syrian Kurds as terrible and despicable. "
" In fact, I called my DC Chief of Staff and told me to delete my name from the "I support Donald Trump" list. I mean, we've just stabbed our allies in the back, "he told local radio station KMOX.
Trump's decision was also criticized by many evangelical pastors who are often among his strongest allies.
Trump's differences with the GOP foreign policy is not necessarily new, although this gap is at a time when it seeks the support of the public and the congressional republics, as the impeachment investigation is gaining momentum in the house.
Much fear of the president and his control of the base. But not much love is lost, "said Flake, one of Trump's few outspoken critics in the Republican Party." This will be another reminder why it would not be so bad if the president were not a president. "
During a stopover in his district on Wednesday, Idaho Sen. Jim Risch attempted to avoid Trump's increasing controversy by attending a forum organized by the National Women's Business Council.
Risch, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, abruptly ended Interview with Boise State Public Radio when asked about Syria and Ukraine.
"I & # 39; I'm not going there. If you want to have an interview with me about the business center, please do so, "Risch said before leaving." Do not do that again. "
Trump's decision on Syria should not be a complete shock Withdrawal from Syria in December, before retreating in the face of a similar reaction from congressional and military leaders.
Republicans are very aware of its promise to withdraw troops from the Middle East A flood of critics from once-loyal defenders, including Graham and Wyoming MP Liz Cheney described the retreat as a "catastrophic failure." [Thursday] Cheney and most members of the GOP leadership of the House of Representatives introduced a bill that would impose sanctions on Turkey for launching the offensive
One of Trump's few allies on Capitol Hill in this matter is Sen. Ra nd Paul of Kentucky, who accused Graham and Cheney of being part of a "Neocon War Caucus".
Republican strategist Ryan Williams warned that splits should not endure Trump easily. Some of his biggest advocates see the impeachment investigation as a threat to his presidency.
"There should be a completely unified party trying to fight off the Democrats' attacks and the onslaught of the House," Williams spokesman for Now-Sen said. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, when he ran for President in 2012. "And that's a big distraction, so you have to focus on defending the president and criticizing him at the same time that a hasty foreign policy decision really justified the drop in a hat."