At House Democratic Press Conference, Rep. Crow, Co-Chair of National Security Task Force, Condemns Administration’s Decision to Abandon Kurdish Allies
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep Jason Crow, co-chair of the House Democratic Caucus’ National Security Task Force, joined the House Democratic leadership’s weekly press conference to discuss President Trump’s reckless decision to withdraw troops from Syria, leaving our Kurdish allies defenseless and America less safe. Video of the full press conference and Q&A can be viewed here.
Crow speaking at today’s press conference
REP. CROW: As an army ranger when I served in Iraq and Afghanistan, we frequently worked with local forces, not just because it was important, but because it was essential. We could not have accomplished our missions without them. They knew the terrain. They knew the culture. They knew the language. And they knew how to help us fight and win the battle. So we now know that America is strong because we have friends. Since the end of World War II, we don't go it alone. We have friends. We have partners. We have allies. And that is a huge source of our strength. I have seen it firsthand on the ground fighting overseas for this country. But the bottom line is the reckless decision of this president sends a very clear message to those friends and to those partners. And that is the American handshake doesn't matter. That we won't be there for you when you need us. And that's a dangerous message, and it will make it much harder for us to recruit partners, recruit allies and work with people going forward to secure our country.
We also know in the last couple of days, several hundred ISIS sympathizers have now escaped. So this is a huge danger to America, to our national security. We are in a much worse position now than we were two weeks ago. America is less safe. I'll end with this. I learned a long time ago in the Army that you don't do anything without a plan and without consulting your allies. So, Mr. President, what is your plan? The American people and Congress deserve to know: How you are going to keep this country safe? How are you going to build our alliances and our partnerships and move us forward?
Following Crow’s remarks to the media, he spoke on the House floor in support of the joint resolution condemning the President’s decision to end operations in Syria, stating “…This is an abdication of our moral responsibility to our Kurdish allies and undermines the belief that America is a resolute partner. It has also led to our adversaries -- like Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime -- exerting greater influence in the region.” The joint resolution of which Crow is an original co-sponsor passed the House, 354-60, with the support of the entire Colorado delegation. Video of Rep Crow’s floor speech can be viewed here.