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Ilhan Omar: America's Strings Are Being Pulled By Other Nations

Jeff Katz
May 23, 2019 - 1:31 pm

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) claimed during a House panel hearing Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s strategy to resolve the Syrian conflict is taking “cues” from Russia, Turkey, and Israel, without acknowledging that the three countries stand on opposing sides of the issue.

During a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, Omar told Ambassador James Jeffrey:

"It seems that the particular conflict in Syria is being birthed out of a need for the people to have freedom and to actualize democracy and I’m concerned that most of our cues right now [are] being taken from Russia, and Turkey, and Israel, and so I’m wondering if that’s sort of a counter message to what we say we are interested in achieving in Syria."

Omar suggested that Russia, Turkey, and Israel are influencing Trump’s Syrian strategy even though these countries do not agree on their different strategies with each other.