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November 19, 2019

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U.S. Rep. Jim Himes rips President Trump's Turkey ceasefire announcement during a Thursday television interview on CNN.
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy tweets Turkey.

CT Congressmen Rip Trump's Turkey Ceasefire

President Trump declared Thursday's ceasefire at the Turkish-Syrian border was "an incredible outcome."

But the Republican's assessment was immediately shot down by congressional Democrats from Connecticut.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal tweeted: "The President got rolled, & so did our national integrity. It is yet another betrayal to our Kurdish partners & a boon to our adversaries, Russia & Iran.

"This illusory solution is a catastrophic, roundabout way for President Trump to give President Erdogan exactly what he wanted: a Kurdish withdrawal, & free reign over northern Syria," Blumenthal wrote.

Earlier on Thursday, Oct. 17, Turkey agreed to a five-day ceasefire in its invasion of Syria to allow a Kurdish-led militia to withdraw from the region, Vice President Mike Pence said. Pence also said the U.S. will not impose new sanctions on Turkey.

Blumenthal reacted: "This supposed ceasefire is a deceptive bait & switch that should redouble determination to pass our strong sanctions bill. Do not be fooled—the announced ceasefire is neither a military victory for our Kurdish partners in Syria, nor a diplomatic victory for the Trump Admin."

Meanwhile, during a television interview on CNN, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes was equally pessimistic.  Himes, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, called the temporary truce “yet another sellout of the Kurds in favor of Turkey’s being able to accomplish something they’ve been hoping to do for a very long time, which is put the Kurds in precisely this position.." 

And Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, added that "this essentially gives Erdogan everything he wants.""This isn't a diplomatic victory," he added. "It's the capstone on Trump's abandonment of the Kurds."

Murphy's Turkey tweets resumed on Friday, Oct. 18 when the U.S. senator wrote: "This whole episode is basically a case study on how to completely botch national security and diplomacy."