Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Olson Urges Reevaluation Of Syria Withdrawal

December 20, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s plan to withdraw U.S. military troops from Syria:

“As a Navy veteran, I believe our commander in chief must listen to our generals and military on the ground.  These warfighters say we must maintain a presence in Syria to contain the threat of a weakened but very potent ISIS. I share their concerns over an abrupt withdrawal from the region. This decision is a victory for Russia and their efforts to influence the region and, much like the previous administration’s decision to withdraw from Iraq prematurely, may strengthen the hands of not only ISIS but also Iran. Much of the progress our military has made in the war to end the ISIS caliphate will be lost.  I urge the president to reconsider this decision immediately.”

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