Lawmakers Urge Trump on Idlib
As a continuation of effort to keep our constituents informed about the worsening situation in Idlib, the last non-regime held territory in Syria, the Syrian American Council reports D.C. legislators are eager to take action.
Members of Congress are being requested to sign onto a draft letter from House Syria Caucus co-chairs Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) to President Trump urging that the U.S. work to address the growing escalation of violence in Idlib. Social media posts on Idlib were forthcoming from Kinzinger, along with tweets from Rep. Vincente Gonzalez (D-Texas), Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Rep. French Hill (R-Ark.). A joint-statement from the House Foreign Affairs Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Ranking Member Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) blasted the actions of the Assad regime and Russia. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) did so as well during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense hearing; he read a September tweet from Trump that warned the Assad regime, Russia, and Iran against recklessly invading Idlib. He asked senior defense officials if the President's words should be U.S. policy. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford said it remains U.S. policy; he went onto say that the Pentagon is aware of the increase in violence. Graham responded that it is his hope that Trump retweets what he said last year. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) told the Guardian that the U.S. needs a strategy to end the violence and hold Assad accountable.
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