Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Gallagher criticizes Trump’s move to pull troops from Syria

- Haley BeMiller Contact Haley BeMiller at (920) 4318212 or Follow her on Twitter at @haleybemil­ler.

Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher on Monday joined a chorus of opposition to President Donald Trump’s decision to pull troops out of northeaste­rn Syria.

The Green Bay Republican was among several members of his party, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who spoke out against the move, which came as Turkey readies a military assault on Kurdish fighters in the region. The U.S. has allied itself with the Kurds in its battle against the Islamic State.

In a tweet Monday, Gallagher, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq, said the U.S. needs to work through local allies to “play moneyball” in the Middle East.

“The Kurds have proven themselves to be just that in the fight against ISIS,” he said. “Abandoning them to the increasing­ly unstable (Turkish President Recep Tayyip) Erdogan undermines our credibilit­y and national security interests.”

Gallagher, who represents Wisconsin’s 8th Congressio­nal District, supports Trump and often votes in line with his interests.

However, the congressma­n is among a minority of Republican­s who have defected from Trump at times since both took office in 2016. Gallagher opposed the president’s efforts to declare a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border and lift sanctions on Russian companies. He’s also against giving the executive branch more power to impose tariffs.

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