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House condemns President Trump’s Syria troop withdrawal

WASHINGTON (AP) –  The House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to condemn President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of American forces in northern Syria.

The vote on the non-binding resolution was bipartisian with a 354-60 vote.

The resolution states Congress is opposed to the troop pull-back and that Turkey should cease its military action in Syria.

It also states that the White House should present a plan for an “enduring defeat” of the Islamic State.

Many worry that IS may revive itself as Turkish forces attack Syrian Kurds who are holding the extremists. The Kurds are U.S allies.

Republicans called the troop withdrawal “disastrous” and a “catastrophe.”

Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa adds, “We really have left behind and abandoned a strategic partner, the Kurds, who stood by our men and women in uniform in the fight” to defeat IS.

At the White House, Trump defended his decision, saying the Kurds were “no angels.”

While Democrats criticized Trump directly, with Rep. Seth Moulton saying Trump “has taken the side of dictators and butchers.”

Wednesday’s joint resolution could come up for a vote in the Senate next.

How Siouxland Representatives voted in the measure.

  • Republican Steve King of Iowa’s 4th Congressional District voted Nay.
  • Republican Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska 1st Congressional District voted Yea.
  • Republican Adrian Smith of Nebraska’s 3rd Congressional District voted Yea.
  • Republican Dusty Johnson of South Dakota’s at-large Congressional District voted Yea.
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