President Trump called on House Speaker Pelosi to investigate President Obama’s handling of Syria during his presidency while she leads a delegation to the Middle East to discuss security in the region.
The president took to twitter to issue his request on Sunday saying, “Pelosi is now leading a delegation of 9, including Corrupt Adam Schiff, to Jordan to check out Syria. She should find out why Obama drew The Red Line In the Sand, & then did NOTHING, losing Syria & all respect.”
President Trump continued by saying, “I did something, 58 missiles. One million died under Obama’s mistake!
The president was referring to when President Obama specifically warned Syria against using chemical weapons against its own people, but did nothing in response when Assad took action.
President Trump launched nearly 60 missiles at a Syrian airfield after reports suggested Assad carried out a chemical weapons attack against his own people back in 2017.
A delegation of American lawmakers traveled to the Middle East over the weekend for a surprise visit amid heightening tension between Turkish and Kurdish forces.
Although Democrats touted the trip and dubbed it “bipartisan,” it only included one Republican- Texas Representative Mac Thornberry.
The delegation of nine lawmakers reportedly discussed security, the Syrian ceasefire, and economic development.
Pelosi weighed in on the visit saying, “With the deepening crisis in Syria after Turkey’s incursion, our delegation has engaged in vital discussions about the impact to regional stability, increased flow of refugees, and the dangerous opening that has been provided to ISIS, Iran and Russia.”
This unannounced visit comes as both Kurdish and Turkish forces have suggested one another have violated a newly-negotiated 5-day ceasefire brokered by the United States.
The United States sent a delegation, which included Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and was ultimately successful in brokering a ceasefire deal with Turkish and Kurdish officials.
President Trump has come under fire after critics have claimed the president gave Erdogan the “green light” to carry out the offensive, an allegation he has clarified was not the case.
President Trump sent a letter to Erdogan earlier this month addressing the issue, which was first obtained and released by Fox News last week.
The letter reaffirms President Trump’s assertions he does not support the Turkish operation, and also threatens economic disaster if Turkey had chosen to undergo the offensive while disregarding the U.S. warning.
It reads, “History will look upon you favourably if you get this done the right and humane way. It will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don’t happen. Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool.”
President Trump imposed sanctions on Turkey last week in an effort to entice Turkish forces to halt the offensive targeting Kurdish forces.
The president signed the executive order a week ago authorizing the sanctions, canceled trade talks involving a $100 billion trade deal, and also spiked steel tariffs back up to 50%.