U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski called for economic sanctions against Turkey and decried President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria, which made way for Turkey to attack Kurdish fighters in the region.
Lipinski, D-Western Springs, called Trump’s decision “shortsighted and fraught with peril” in a statement issued Wednesday.
“This action opens up the potential for an ISIS resurgence, endangering our allies in the region as well as U.S. national security,” Lipinski said. “The president’s decision could also enable violent acts of religious persecution.”
He added that, as the co-chairman of the International Religious Freedom Caucus, he remained “deeply concerned about the communities in northern Syria we are leaving behind, particularly our Kurdish allies and Christian and Yazidi minorities.” Along with his co-chairman of the caucus, Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Florida, Lipinski called in a separate statement for Trump to impose economic sanctions against Turkey’s government for its military intervention. They said sanctions against Turkey will not only issue a severe punishment for its actions against America’s Kurdish allies, but also “reinforce our commitment to protect religious freedom.”
“As reports emerge about Turkey’s military campaign, we must keep a close eye and take swift action if minority religious groups are targeted,” Lipinski said. “Turkey needs to know the world is watching.”