Langevin Statement on Bipartisan House Vote to Condemn President Trump’s Actions in Syria

Oct 16, 2019 Issues: Armed Services

WASHINGTON Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee and the Chairman of its Subcommittee on Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities, issued the following statement on House passage of H.J. Res. 77, a bipartisan resolution opposing the President’s decision to allow Turkey to conduct military operations in northern Syria:

“I join today with both Democrats and Republicans in the House in condemning the President’s dangerous decision to abandon our Kurdish allies in northern Syria. We have witnessed a rapid escalation in violence in the aftermath of the President’s announcement, and today, Congress responded in a unified voice demanding the President reverse course.

“The President’s actions with respect to Syria are directly at odds with America’s national security. Continuing on this current course will jeopardize countless innocent lives and further endanger our Kurdish allies, who have been faithful partners in the fight against ISIL. This is not about partisanship, it is about restoring sanity to our national security policies. The President must abandon his present course and pursue a strategy that will support our Kurdish partners and combat a potential ISIL resurgence.”