- Sen. Romney tweeted "Turkey invaded Syria, attacked our Kurdish allies, and is testing Russian missile systemsactions that fly in the face of US national security interests. I urge my colleagues to support the sanctions @SenateForeign approved this morning to dissuade Turkey from its current course." View the tweet here. 10/31/19
- Sen. Romney tweeted "Turkey must be held accountable for its aggressive actions in northern Syria. I applaud the House for coming together to pass these sanctions and look forward to the Senate following suit. Congress must step up and stand up for our Kurdish allies." View the tweet here. 10/22/19
- Sen. Romney posted the following to Facebook: "The Administration confirmed today that Turkey ignored our warning and that the U.S. blinked by withdrawing our troops from northern Syria. ISIS still remains a threat and as such, the decision to abandon our Kurdish allies was a grave mistake. There remain serious questions as to how the U.S. will assure that ISIS prison camps are secure. This situation in Syria has given us a terrible black eye on the world stage." View the Facebook post here. 10/16/19
- Sen. Romney posted the following to Facebook: "It's astonishing that the Administration's top Iran expert does not believe Turkey's attacks on our friends, the Kurds, in Syria are a game changer in favor of Iran. Because the U.S. is abandoning its position in Syria, the Kurds are now aligned with Assad, whose regime is backed by Iran. Assad is becoming sronger, and Iran is smiling ear to ear. This is a foreign policy disaster." View the Facebook post here. 10/07/19
- Sen. Romney posted the following to Facebook: "The Presidents decision to abandon our Kurdish allies in Northern Syria in the face of an assault by Turkey is a betrayal that will have grave humanitarian and national security consequences.
After enlisting support from the Kurds to help destroy ISIS and assuring Kurdish protection from Turkey, the U.S. has now opened the door to their destruction. This severely undercuts Americas credibility as a reliable partner and creates a power vacuum in the region that benefits ISIS.
With some 15,000 ISIS fighters on the ground, and tens of thousands in prison camps controlled by the Kurds, the security situation remains precarious. A Turkish invasion will further destabilize conditions on the ground and could result in the escape of ISIS detainees and supporters.
Finally, this decision will further exacerbate the already dire humanitarian crisis by creating new waves of refugees in a region where it will be far more difficult for NGOs to operate.
This decision is ultimately a victory for Assad, Russia, Iran, and ISIS. The Administration must immediately reconsider its announced decision to withdraw the few remaining U.S. troops who, for the time being, are playing a vital peacekeeping role.
Barring a reversal of this decision, the Administration must come before Congress and explain to the American people how betraying an ally and ceding influence to terrorists and adversaries is not disastrous for our national security interests." View the Facebook post here.