The hits keep coming for President Donald Trump over his decision to abandon Kurdish allies to Turkey in northern Syria. Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger is the latest to criticize the POTUS over his handling of the situation.
Early Thursday, Trump tweeted:
"In case the Kurds or Turkey lose control, the United States has already taken the 2 ISIS militants tied to beheadings in Syria, known as the Beetles, out of that country and into a secure location controlled by the U.S. They are the worst of the worst!"
In case the Kurds or Turkey lose control, the United States has already taken the 2 ISIS militants tied to beheadin… https://t.co/05C14uxy2B— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1570680996.0
The tweet was in response to people pointing out that the United States' Kurdish allies were charged with imprisoning 10,000 ISIS members in Syria. With Turkey's targeting of the Kurds, the security of the ISIS prisoners was now called into question.
However, Trump's early morning tweet failed to appease even members of his own party.
GOP Congressman Kinzinger shared Trump's post with the caption:
"Ah the other 10,000 no biggie, at least you got the 'big two.' Campaign promise fail."
Ah the other 10,000 no biggie, at least you got the “big two.” Campaign promise fail. https://t.co/QcRdTZst4k— Adam Kinzinger (@Adam Kinzinger)1570711753.0
Kinzinger's concerns were well-founded. Just one day after posting that tweet, reports broke that at least five ISIS militants escaped a Syrian prison thanks to bombing from Turkey.
As part of his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump vowed to eliminate ISIS. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham recently declared Trump's claim to have eradicated ISIS "the biggest lie being told by this administration."
Kinzinger—unlike the President or anyone in the President's family—has military experience. Illinois’ Kinzinger was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force and served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
This is not the first time the veteran called the current Commander in Chief out for his tough talk or for his Syria strategy. Just the day before, Kinzinger posted:
"I was among the first Congressmen in Kurdish areas of Iraq after the #peshmerga beat back initial ISIS onslaughts. I saw brave men and women determined to see the fight through... and their determination to fight with our support."
"I promised them that we would be there through the fight. They never imagined the toll (over 10,000) lives lost but they willingly fought."
"They defended their lands and the lands of Christians and Muslims alike. They faced ISIS directly."
"And yesterday they were abandoned and
[Donald Trump] failed to fulfill his promise to destroy ISIS."
"50 American advisors prevented a Turkish attack. 50. The America I love is capable of a much higher calling. This is a failure. God bless the Kurds."
I was among the first Congressmen in Kurdish areas of Iraq after the #peshmerga beat back initial ISIS onslaughts.… https://t.co/zgTYvgYytY— Adam Kinzinger (@Adam Kinzinger)1570658150.0
Through the fight. They never imagined the toll (over 10,000) lives lost but they willingly fought. They defended… https://t.co/DaDGTshkLr— Adam Kinzinger (@Adam Kinzinger)1570658270.0
And yesterday they were abandoned and @realDonaldTrump failed to fulfill his promise to destroy ISIS. 50 American… https://t.co/t9ps4muLx4— Adam Kinzinger (@Adam Kinzinger)1570658432.0
Kinzinger was far from alone in criticizing the President's post.
@realDonaldTrump There are thousands of ISIS militants being guarded by the Kurds in Northern Syria and Trump is br… https://t.co/SBkBu4Gh5L— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD)1570681104.0
@eugenegu @realDonaldTrump He doesn't care. He knows they're going to escape and reemerge. He knows he destabilized… https://t.co/D2LdBk1cnM— Kathy Copeland (@Kathy Copeland)1570682681.0
@realDonaldTrump ISIS resurgence and the resulting murders and terrorist attacks are on #DonaldTrump. 😳#TrumpBetrayedTheKurds— Jules Morgan (@Jules Morgan)1570682865.0
@lostek @glamelegance @realDonaldTrump Unbelievable the amount of b.s. you are ready to eat! Especially poignant th… https://t.co/9LFCZWL6l7— Senthil Saban🧢 (@Senthil Saban🧢)1570701617.0
@Sensarch @lostek @glamelegance @realDonaldTrump Donald Trump is the FOUNDER of new Isis— Untz FM (@Untz FM)1570703072.0
@realDonaldTrump The other ISIS guys are all okay.— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen)1570681051.0
@briantylercohen @realDonaldTrump “very fine people on both sides”— Me (@Me)1570689102.0
In fact, more and more Republicans and conservatives are criticizing Trump.
@realDonaldTrump “I am disgusted by ..GOP senators who shamelessly hide under rocks instead of calling out the pres… https://t.co/CT00ncmzhj— Holly Lee (@Holly Lee)1570705084.0
With even Fox News showing support for Trump's impeachment and removal exceeds his support, how his latest misstep affects his presidency remains to be seen.