Schumer: Trump's Syria Troop Withdrawal Threatens Security Of NYC

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October 13, 2019 - 3:13 pm
Chuck Schumer

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) – As Congress moves toward a resolution to reverse President Trump’s troop withdrawal from northern Syria, Sen. Chuck Schumer is warning of dire consequences for New York City if something is done.

The senator says New Yorkers know the impact of terrorism more than anyone else.

“We’re the number one target for terrorists in America, so we in New York should be particularly worried about what the president has done,” Schumer said.

Schumer's press conference came as reports said hundreds of Islamic State supporters escaped from a displaced-persons camp in northern Syria on Sunday amid heavy clashes between invading Turkish-led forces and Kurdish fighters.

The senator says the troop withdrawal in northern Syria would likely mean a resurgence for the Islamic State and that many fighters have fake passports.

Schumer is introducing a resolution looking to return things to the status quo and keep Turkey at bay.

“We believe we would have strong bipartisan support,” he said from his midtown office Sunday, noting that many Republicans opposed the move.

Schumer calls the president’s foreign policy “erratic and reckless” and that he’s “undoing years of work to curb ISIS.”

Defense Secretary Mark Esper told CBS’s Face the Nation that the withdrawal was done to keep the troops out of harm’s way and “get involved in a conflict that dates back nearly 200 years between the Turks and the Kurds and get involved in yet another war in the Middle East.”

“We find ourselves as we have American forces likely caught between two opposing, advancing armies and it’s a very untenable situation,” Esper said.

The Trump administration is now considering sanctions against Turkey. Schumer says it’s not enough.

Trump has defended his decision to move troops out of the area, saying, “Those that mistakenly got us into the Middle East wars are still pushing to fight.”