Just nine months later, following another call with the Turkish President on Sunday, Trump turned his back on the Kurdish troops who have loyally fought ISIS and detained thousands of ISIS fighters in partnership with the U.S. military. Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds has given way to a Turkish military operation in northern Syria, which may result in the mass-killing of Kurds. This growing regional instability, humanitarian crisis, and a possible ISIS resurgence are all due to Trump’s recklessness. Amidst this uncertainty, one thing is painfully clear – Trump’s foreign policy is determined by his political and personal calculations, with little regard for the national security interests of the United States or our allies, including Israel.
On Monday, we strongly condemned Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria. Noting the humanitarian consequences, we said that this “catastrophic decision sends a clear message that the U.S. cannot be trusted or relied upon and that U.S. policy can turn on a dime based on the whims of an unstable president. Our allies, including Israel, will note that President Trump’s foreign policy is clearly guided by his personal and political interests, as opposed to the national security interests of the United States and our regional partners.”