WASHINGTON, D.C.  In a joint statement with four Democratic members of Congress, Republican Congresswoman Elise M. Stefanik called President Donald J. Trump’s endorsement of a Turkish military operation to remove American-backed forces near Syria a “catastrophic blow to our national security interests.”

Ms. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, returned on Sunday from a week-long trip to the Middle East taken with four Democratic members of Congress. The congressional delegation didn’t expect the Trump Administration would announce on Sunday its endorsement of Turkey’s military operation into Northern Syria. The operation would likely remove American-backed Kurdish forces near the border with Syria. The Kurdish forces, known as Syrian Democratic Forces, or S.D.F,, are currently guarding 11,000 imprisoned ISIS fighters. The prospect of Turkey moving into the region could risk the escape of those ISIS fighters, the statement said.

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Holmes -- the real one

Let's be real -- Stefanik doesn't really have an opinion. She just follows through with what she is told to do. Her sights are firmly set for "better things" than to serve her country or her district.


Wrong again boys! Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found.

Holmes -- the real one

Good comments Gracie02 and hermit thrush.

Stefanik is an embarrassment.


Soooo pulling out of Syria is “catastrophic blow to our national security interests.”....yet asking Russia, China, and Ukraine to engage in our election isn't...go figure... I guess she doesn't have his "great and unmatched wisdom"... God help us..

hermit thrush

the rule is that it's ok for hostile foreign powers to attack our elections so long as they do so to republicans' benefit.

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