Amash: Trump with U.S. troops as “paid mercenaries’

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Rep. Justin Amash, I-Me., Continued on Sunday his criticism of President Trump, the decision to withdraw U.S. armed forces from Northern Syria, said the President is using troops as a “paid mercenary” and questioning the role that Congress should play in the decision-making process.

In an interview on NBC’s “Meet The Press” Amash said it was “pretty clear” from the beginning, that Trump had no plans for the US soldiers in Northern Syria back on American soil.

“He is moving troops back to Iraq. He moved other troops in Saudi Arabia,” said Amash, who left earlier this year, the Republican party over his disagreements with trump. “He is on our forces as paid mercenaries. What happened to the American people, that their voices, through their representatives in Congress.”


U.S. Secretary of defense Mark Esper, said at the weekend that, under the current plans all US troops to leave, will go to Syria to western Iraq and the American military, will continue to prevent the implementation of operations against the Islamic state group to that of his resurrection.

Esper, who arrived in the Afghan capital on Sunday do not exclude the idea that U.S. troops would be the implementation of the Anti-terrorist missions from Iraq in Syria. But he told reporters traveling with him that the details to be worked out over time.

His comments were the first to demonstrate, in concrete terms, where the American troops will go, because the shift button, which might look out of Syria and what for the counter-ISIS fight. Esper, who flew through the night to Afghanistan, said he spoke with his Iraq move’s counterpart on the plan, be about to leave to 1,000 troops to Syria in Western Iraq.


The developments made it clear that a President Trump and the justifications for the withdrawal of troops from Syria had not come to pass, in the foreseeable future. “It is time to take our soldiers back home,” Trump said on Wednesday. You don’t come home, even though Trump tweeted on Sunday: “the US soldiers are not fighting or ceasefire zones” and “Bring the soldiers home!”

The answer to Trump’s tweet, Amash also took to social media moved on Sunday to mock the President.

“Trump’ s words: to Bring them home. Trump’s action: Send them to Iraq,” he tweeted.

Trump ordered, the majority of about 1,000 U.S. troops in Syria to resign after the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made it clear in a telephone conversation that his forces were to invade Syria to urge the Kurdish forces, which Turkey considers a terrorist.

The statement largely in America have waived the Kurdish allies, fighting ISIS alongside U.S. troops for several years. Between 200 and 300 US troops to remain in the southern Syrian Outpost of Al-Tanf.


Esper said the troops that go to Iraq two missions.


“It is to help defend Iraq, and two, the execution is a counter-ISIS mission, as we sort through the next steps,” he said. “Things could change between now and whenever we have complete withdrawal, but this is the plan for the game now.”

The United States currently has more than 5,000 American forces in Iraq, in the framework of an agreement between the two countries. The United States withdrew their troops from Iraq in 2011, when the fighting ended there, but she went back after ISIS began on large swaths of the country in the year 2014. The number of American troops in Iraq is low because of the political sensitivities in the country, after years of what some Iraqis, the US occupation to consider during the war, which began in 2003.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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