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Kinzinger bill requires review of Turkey's NATO membership

Rep.: Turkish attacks are reprehensible, inhumane

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger is pushing legislation that would require a formal review of the relationship between the U.S. and Turkey.

His bill, H.R. 4694, would direct the secretary of state, in coordination with the secretary of defense, director of national intelligence and secretary of energy, to assess whether Turkey has met its duties and obligations as a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, according to a Wednesday news release.

“What’s happening in Northern Syria right now is devastating,” Kinzinger said in the release. “We’ve abandoned our Kurdish allies who have sacrificed their lives to fight ISIS, and now President Erdogan has unleashed an assault – it is reprehensible and inhumane.”

The congressman introduced the bill with his colleague Rep. David Cicilline, D-Rhode Island, and has bipartisan support with six House co-sponsors.

Kinzinger has been a vocal critic of President Donald Trump’s decision earlier this month to withdraw American troops from the region. With Turkey’s attack on the region, Kinzinger said this legislation will hold Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accountable.

“If Erdogan doesn’t want to act like a leader of a NATO nation, we should not treat him like one,” Kinzinger said.

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