President Donald Trump faced bipartisan backlash upon announcing that the United States would be abandoning its Kurdish allies in Northern Syria after the Kurd’s fought in place of Americans against ISIS. The United States had provided Syrian Kurds protection from a Turkish invasion and certain ethnic cleansing.
Days after Trump made the announcement, Turkey began an aggressive invasion into the region.
Along with the ethical ramifications of the United States abandoning its ally, Republican lawmakers expressed the likelihood that a Turkish invasion could open the door for a resurgence of ISIS and lead to the escapes of many ISIS fighters, nearly all of whom are in Kurdish custody.
At an appearance to sign Executive Orders on infrastructure, Trump dismissed concerns that ISIS fighters would escape, and—with his words—disregarded another ally in the process.
Asked about potential of ISIS fighters escaping following withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria, Pres. Trump says, "Well, they're going to be escaping to Europe. That's where they want to go. They want to go back to their homes." https://t.co/wdLmYKKuYY pic.twitter.com/6Em11AVSS2
— ABC News (@ABC) October 9, 2019
One reporter asked Trump about the possibility of ISIS fighters escaping to cause harm elsewhere, Trump said:
“Well, they’re gonna be escaping to Europe. That’s where they want to go, they want to go back to their homes, but Europe didn’t want them from us. We could’ve given it to them, we could have had trials. They could’ve done whatever they wanted, but as usual, it’s not reciprocal. You know, my favorite word: ‘Reciprocal.’ That’s all I want.”
The apparent lack of concern for militant terrorists infiltrating Europe was a new low in an already astonishing display of Trump’s isolationism.
And this is exactly what moral idiocy looks like, folks. If anyone can vote for another four years of this in good conscience, then they're an idiot, too! https://t.co/xiqhlEzNfg
— Tony NormanPG (@Tony_NormanPG) October 9, 2019
This is evil talking, almost with a smile. https://t.co/eEiJ69q98Y
— n.o.björk (@OBJRK1) October 9, 2019
President Trump just said out loud that it's OK to betray our Kurdish allies and allow the release of 11,000 ISIS fighters because "they're going to be escaping to Europe."
He's out of completely out of control and Congress has to do something about it. https://t.co/dqdmmXxgg8
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) October 9, 2019
People are uncertain whether or not Republicans will speak out against Trump’s apathy toward an ISIS resurgence.
Is there a single GOP lawmaker, Trump surrogate or media ally who will take issue with the US president dismissing the escape of ISIS terrorists into Europe? https://t.co/O0HvkWltqs
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) October 9, 2019
Are you f—inng kidding me?! They’re going to be escaping to Europe so he’s not concerned?! Seriously how much longer can people defend this garbage? https://t.co/vGYpnweXWF
— Sean (@angry_blue_dot) October 9, 2019
WHEN WILL REPUBLICANS STAND FOR OUR COUNTRY ??? ISIS IS REBORN THANKS TO TRUMP
— AmericanStar (@Starring2111) October 9, 2019
No Republican has spoken out against Trump’s comments about ISIS prisoners escaping to Europe.