Schumer Statement On New Defense Intelligence Agency Assessment That Says President Trump’s Precipitous Withdrawal From Syria Has Strengthened ISIS

November 19, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after a new DIA assessment, part of a quarterly report disclosed by the Pentagon’s inspector general, confirmed that President Trump’s precipitous withdrawal of troops from Syria has strengthened the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS):

“This new assessment from the Defense Intelligence Agency confirms many of our worst fears: that the president's precipitous withdrawal of troops from northern Syria has given ISIS a lifeline. Despite this new, deeply concerning report, we still don’t have a plan from the president for how he will ensure the enduring defeat of ISIS. Instead, the president continues to demonstrate an uncanny ability to get steamrolled by autocrats like Erdogan and Putin without getting anything in return. Mr. President, where is your plan to defeat ISIS and protect the United States?”

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