"He's Spiking the Ball in the End Zone Way Too Soon"

Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) on Trump Declaring Success in Syria

Dave Mager
October 23, 2019 - 4:23 pm

Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) believes President Trump is prematurely celebrating the "success" of his Syria policy.

In one of several dramatic developments today in Washington, D.C., Trump announced he will lift sanctions on Turkey, saying the NATO ally has agreed to permanently stop fighting Kurdish forces in Syria.

"We're getting out,'' Trump said at the White House, asserting that tens of thousands of Kurdish lives were saved as the result of his actions.

CBS News military analyst Army Col. (Retired) Jeff McCausland casts doubt on that assertion. He says, "The President talked about how we established this cease fire... he seemed to take credit for this... But, that's really not true. The cease fire... that's going to end this conflict was negotiated between the Russians and Mr. (Turkish President Tayyip) Erdogan, with the United States departing the area and basically on the sidelines."

In an interview with WTIC's Dave Mager, Rep. Courtney says of the president, "He's spiking the ball in the end zone way too soon."

Separately, Republican House members stormed the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) where the House Intelligence Committee is hearing sworn testimony from Trump Administration officials regarding President Trump's alleged attempt to force Ukraine to aid his 2020 reelection campaign.

Rep. Courtney explains, "Considering the Republicans have been inside the SCIF... where these depositions have been taking place, it's a bit of a head-scratcher to me... The process has bent over backwards to allow (Republicans) to ask as many questions for as long as they want."

Hear the full interview via the link above.