1 big thing: Congress vs. Trump
More than 100 Republicans joined House Democrats today in rebuking President Trump's decision to pave the way for a Turkish invasion of Syria, Axios' Zachary Basu reports.
- And in the Senate, Republican Lindsey Graham and Democrat Chris Van Hollen plan to introduce a bill as early as tomorrow that would introduce crippling sanctions against Turkey for its military operation.
- The House resolution calls on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to cease his military operation and urges the White House to "present a clear and specific plan for the enduring defeat of ISIS."
The big picture: The House debate on the resolution was "extraordinary for the intensity of lawmakers’ opinions," the AP notes.
- The NY Times adds: "Trump’s allies on Capitol Hill have shown they are most comfortable criticizing the president on matters of international affairs" such as the Saudi killing of Jamal Khashoggi and a previous attempt to exit Syria.
What Trump's saying:
- "Our soldiers are not in harm's way, as they shouldn't be, as two countries fight over land that has nothing to do with us," Trump said at a press conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella.
- "And the Kurds are much safer now. The Kurds know how to fight, and as I said, they're not angels."
- "Lindsey Graham would like to stay in the Middle East for the next thousand years with thousands of soldiers and fighting other people's wars. I wanna get out of the Middle East."
Worth noting: Trump authorized sending another 3,000 U.S. troops to Saudi Arabia last week, Axios' Rashaan Ayesh writes.