President Trump has been roundly criticized on Twitter for a video he posted, suggesting fallen American soldiers would agree with his decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria. At least one Republican congressman has joined in that denunciation.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) told Fox News on Wednesday he found Trump’s remarks “disturbing.”
“I’ve got to be honest with you, the whole thing — I will talk about the problem with what the President is doing — but I wear on my wrist, a buddy of mine that I flew with in Iraq back in ’08 that was actually killed in 2018 in operation Inherent Resolve,” he said, showing a bracelet on his wrist. “For the President to point to the sky and say, ‘they want this,’ inferring those who have fallen — the President can’t speak for fallen American soldiers. I’m not sure the fallen American soldiers want us to declare victory against a foe we haven’t fully defeated yet.”
Kinzinger then joined the chorus of Republican lawmakers who have condemned Trump’s Syria decision, including some of his closest allies, like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Kinzinger called the move “disappointing.”
“I have no idea where this came from and I deeply fear the longterm ramifications of this,” he said.
Kinzinger: Trump "can't speak for fallen American soldiers" pic.twitter.com/iksJBoza9L
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