Nancy Pelosi and Lindsey Graham just joined forces to "overturn" Trump's Syria decision
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced on Monday that she and Senator Lindsey Graham have agreed to a “bipartisan, bicameral joint resolution to overturn the President’s dangerous decision in Syria immediately.”
“Pleased to have a conversation with Senator Lindsey Graham this morning,” Pelosi said. “Our first order of business was to agree that we must have a bipartisan, bicameral joint resolution to overturn the President’s dangerous decision in Syria immediately.”
Graham confirmed the move.
"Just spoke with Speaker Pelosi regarding congressional action on Turkey’s incursion of Syria. Speaker supports bipartisan sanctions against Turkey’s outrages in Syria. She also believes we should show support for Kurdish allies and is concerned about the reemergence of ISIS."
Graham said further said further that "The Speaker indicated to me that time was of the essence."
Republicans are returning to Capitol Hill this week and are already in the process of forcing the Trump administration's hand on Turkey. Even after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced on Friday that Trump was signing an executive order to give the Treasury Department "very significant" new sanctions authorities on Turkey, Lindsey Graham wasn't impressed. He still thinks they need to "up their game."
“We are witnessing ethnic cleansing in Syria by Turkey, the destruction of a reliable ally in the Kurds, and the reemergence of ISIS,” he claimed.
“The conditional sanctions announced today will be viewed by Turkey as a tepid response and will embolden Erdogan even more,” he added, referring to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. “The Turkish government needs to know Congress will take a different path — passing crippling sanctions in a bipartisan fashion.”
Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria was a rare moment for Republicans to go against Trump. Republican Senators are even demanding a briefing from the White House.
“We are concerned that this was an abrupt decision taken in the face of reported opposition from military and diplomatic advisers, and that thousands of hardened ISIS fighters and thousands more ISIS supporters currently in detention may become free to fight again as their Kurdish captors turn to defending themselves against a Turkish incursion,” Graham and Coons wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)