SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – A Republican congressman from the San Antonio area opposes the Trump administration’s move to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria. Representative Will Hurd voted in favor of a bipartisan resolution condemning the move.
“Today ISIS is beaten, but it’s not broken,” Hurd said on the House floor. “They remain a threat that requires continued engagement by both, the United States and our partners.”
The House voted 354-60 in favor of the resolution which states Congress’ opposition to the pullback. It also says Turkey should cease its military action in Syria.
“Just as the Kurds had our backs against ISIS, we should have theirs. Instead, we’re abandoning not just the Kurds, but also our coalition allies in Syria,” said the Republican from Helotes.
The resolution states the White House should present a plan for an enduring defeat of the Islamic State group.
“We’re providing ISIS with the opportunity to reemerge and once again threaten the United States, and we’re allowing Bashar Al Assad and Vladimir Putin to play the role of humanitarian saviors in Syria,” said Hurd. “I hope we can change our course, but I fear it may be too late.”
Defenders of the plan say they want to avoid U.S. troops from being caught in the crossfire between Turkish and Kurdish forces.