CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, said he hopes President Donald Trump reconsiders his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria.
“I thought it was important to leave a stay-behind force there to provide stability in the area and not repeat some of the things that we’ve seen happen when the Obama administration pulled all of our troops out of Iraq, which led to the development of ISIS,” he said Thursday.
Barrasso said he supports Trump’s reelection, but disagrees with this decision.
The White House announced Sunday the U.S. would withdraw around 50 remaining troops in northern Syria despite the threat Turkey poses to the Kurds, who are U.S. allies in the fight against ISIS.
Barrasso, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he’s unsure whether he’ll support proposed bipartisan sanctions against Turkey for its invasion of Syria. He said he expects committee hearings on the proposal when the Senate returns from recess next week. He also said he needs to read the final language of the proposal before deciding whether to support it.