People Explain the Real Reasons Trump Abandoned the Kurds in Syria After Liz Cheney Says 'It's Impossible to Understand'

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On Wednesday, Republican Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming joined other supporters of President Donald Trump—like Pat Robertson and Senator Lindsey Graham—to do something almost unheard of: criticize the President.

The reason for their disagreement with Trump was his decision to pull out of Syria and allow Turkey to invade the country, targeting the United States' allies in the region, the Kurds.


Cheney posted on Twitter:

"News from Syria is sickening. Turkish troops preparing to invade Syria from the north, Russian-backed forces from the south, ISIS fighters attacking Raqqa."

Cheney added:

"Impossible to understand why [Donald Trump] is leaving America’s allies to be slaughtered and enabling the return of ISIS"

But others found Trump's motives very easy to understand and shared them with Cheney.

In 2015, candidate Trump told an interviewer about his conflict of interest with Turkey. At the time he praised Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as strong—a term Trump often uses to describe Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Others had only a harsh condemnation for Cheney and the GOP for enabling Trump.

Still others provided a cautionary tale from history for those putting Trump before party, Constitution or country.

The Turkish invasion of Syria began as soon as President Trump gave the go-ahead. Sources in Syria already report heavy casualties among the Kurdish people.

To learn more about the Kurdish people the book The Battle for the Mountain of the Kurds: Self-Determination and Ethnic Cleansing in the Afrin Region of Rojava is available here.

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