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‘Star Wars’ co-stars Mark Hamill, Adam Driver work together to find a lost dog

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In the “Star Wars” universe, co-stars Mark Hamill and Adam Driver operate on opposite sides of the Force.

The duo worked together to locate the pooch belonging to Leos Carax, a director currently working with Driver, 35, on the musical “Annette” in Brussels.

Driver filmed a video pleading with fans to help him find Carax’s dog, Javelot. Carax, 58, owned the grandfather and father of Javelot, according to Driver.

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“We will put you in the movie,” Driver said. “We will give you chocolate, we’ll christen your child. We’ll do anything as a way of saying thank you.”

Driver isn’t on social media, but Hamill, 68, is — and he’s got well over 3 million followers.

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Hamill posted the video, which got 33,000 likes and nearly 10,000 retweets.

And here’s the best part: it worked.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Javelot was seen at Carax’s side at a train station after the video went viral.

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Driver and Carax’s film, also starring Marion Cotillard and Simon Helberg, will focus on a stand-up comedian and his opera singer wife. No release date has been announced.

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These ‘super soft and cuddly’ caterpillars can poison you. Here’s what you should know

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Shane Brooks, 30, of Howell came across the poisonous American Dagger Moth caterpillar while walking near his garage with his 3-year-old daughter, Baylee. The caterpillar’s bristles, which contain a toxin, break off and embed into skin. Shane Brooks, Detroit Free Press

Don’t be fooled by caterpillars with colorful and fuzzy exteriors: They might be poisonous.

Stinging, venomous caterpillars have plagued the South and parts of the Midwest.

In Michigan, the Clare County Chamber of Commerce issued a warning Oct. 10 for residents to avoid the American dagger moth caterpillar, which was spotted on a college campus.

The puss caterpillar – one of the most venomous of its kind in the USA – has appeared in Florida, Texas and South Carolina. A Florida woman posted on Facebook that she was hospitalized after receiving a painful sting from one of these critters.

Generally, stinging caterpillars – mainly the puss caterpillar, also known as the Southern flannel moth or the asp – are rare north of the Mason-Dixon line, says David Wagner, an entomologist at the University of Connecticut. Even in the South, where they’remost frequently spotted, they’re uncommon, he says.

When these caterpillars sting, the symptoms can range from mild discomfort to severe pain that can last for hours.

Stings from the American dagger can cause itching and burning sensations that can turn into a severe rash. Puss caterpillars’ spines can cause a “nasty” reaction, Wagner says, causing severe pain and leaving behind a hematoma, a swelling of blood on the skin.

“It’s not an instantaneous shock of a hornet or wasp, but it builds for a long time in a frightening way,” Wagner tells USA TODAY. “No one expects stings to gain in impact or discomfort, and these will, even up to an hour later. It packs quite a wallop.”

He says a puss caterpillar sting can cause joint pain akin to “serious arthritis” long after the pain from the initial contact has subsided. 

How to spot a venomous caterpillar

Caterpillars that are brightly colored, have spines or hairs are probably venomous and should not be touched. 

“If it is in a place where it can cause problems, clip off the leaf or use a stick to relocate it,” Ric Bessin, an entomologist at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, tells USA TODAY.

Bessin says some caterpillars’ venomous spines and hairs came about as a defense mechanism against predators. So did their brightly colored exteriors, a phenomenon known as aposematic coloration, Wagner says. 

Puss caterpillars have a hairy light-brown coat that Wagner describes as “super soft and cuddly.” American dagger moth caterpillars are bright yellow-green with black bristles that resemble eyebrows.

It’s a warning sign for predators, Wagner cautions.

Caterpillars with these exteriors can brazenly linger on leaves and other foliage without being attacked. Underneath the exterior of the puss caterpillar are small spines that break off; the rear ends of the American dagger moth caterpillars have bristles that embed in skin.

What to do if you come into contact with a venomous caterpillar

The most crucial advice Wagner and Bessin offer is not to brush the caterpillar from your skin. Swatting off the caterpillar makes it more likely that the venomous hairs or spines will be left on your clothing.

Instead, very carefully remove the caterpillar with a stick or another object, Bessin advises.

Once the caterpillar has been removed, take a shower, Wagner suggests. “Wash away the hairs and cool down. That might help the allergenic reaction,” he said.

Wash your contaminated clothes as well, as a few hairs or spines might remain.

Wagner says don’t panic over toxic caterpillars.

“I’ve been in the business for 30 years, and it will be one of the most miserable days of your life, for sure.” he says. “But it’s so infrequent as to not be worth worrying about.”

Contributing: Maryann Struman, Detroit Free Press.

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IG report on possible Russia investigation misconduct is still in declassification process: source

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The long-awaited report from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on potential surveillance abuses by intelligence officials during the 2016 Russia investigation is still in the declassification process, a DOJ official told Fox News on Wednesday.

“The FBI and the DOJ are working together smoothly on the declassification process,” the official said.

In comments to reporters at the White House on Thursday, President Trump — he retains the authority to declassify and release as much of the report as he wants — speculated that the final report could even implicate former President Barack Obama.

“Now, we’ll see what happens,” Trump said. “The IG report is going to come out soon, and we’ll see what happens. I think people — I know nothing about it, in terms of the report. … I’m waiting for the report like everybody else. But I predict you will see things that you don’t even believe, the level of corruption — whether it’s [James] Comey; whether it’s [Peter] Strzok and his lover, [Lisa] Page; whether it’s so many other people — [Andrew] McCabe; whether it’s President Obama himself. Let’s see whether or not it’s President Obama. Let’s see whether or not they put that in.”

On Monday, former Utah GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz, now a Fox News contributor, told “Hannity” that bureaucratic squabbling was the reason the report isn’t already available.

“Evidently, there’s an intra-agency debate and really a food fight if you will about the classification issues,” Chaffetz said. “Remember in the last report put out by Horowitz, there were only seven words or so that were redacted. The Democrats threw a fit that they couldn’t see the whole thing. This could have 10 to 20 percent of the report redacted.”

Chaffetz speculated that Obama administration Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and ex-CIA Director John Brennan could be behind the apparent delay.

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That was a reference to Horowitz’s bombshell initial report last year, which identified misconduct by senior FBI officials, including Strzok and Page, who exchanged anti-Trump text messages while investigating his campaign.

Last month Horowitz told lawmakers his team had nearly completed his review and submitted a draft to Attorney General William Barr.

“We have now begun the process of finalizing our report by providing a draft of our factual findings to the department and the FBI for classification determination and marking,” Horowitz wrote last month to several House and Senate committees. “This step is consistent with our process for reports such as this one that involve classified material.”

The declassification process is one of the final steps before public release.

Horowitz and his investigators have probed how the infamous and salacious anti-Trump dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele was used to secure the original Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant for former Trump aide Carter Page in October 2016, as well as three renewals.

Horowitz’s team has looked into why the FBI may have regarded Steele — funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee (DNC) — a credible source, and why the bureau used news reports to bolster Steele’s credibility before the FISA court.

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Horowitz’s probe is not the only ongoing review at the DOJ.  U.S. Attorney John Durham’s probe into possible misconduct by the intelligence community at the outset of the Russia investigation has expanded in scope recently, based on Durham’s initial findings, Fox News reported earlier this month.

Durham, known as a “hard-charging, bulldog” prosecutor, according to a source, has been focusing on the period before Nov. 7, 2016 — including the use and assignments of FBI informants, as well as alleged improper issuance of FISA warrants. Durham was asked to help Barr “ensure that intelligence collection activities by the U.S. government related to the Trump 2016 presidential campaign were lawful and appropriate.”

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Chelsea Clinton Addresses Rumors She May Run For Congress On ‘The View’

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Chelsea Clinton said Wednesday she has no current plans to run for Congress, but conceded she doesn’t rule out such a career path in the future.

The former first daughter filled in for Joy Behar on “The View” and was asked about rumors that she may run to replace retiring New York Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey, whose district includes much of Westchester County.

Clinton said she is not considering running for Lowey’s seat, but didn’t dismiss going into politics someday.

“I don’t know, but right now the answer is no,” she said.

She also said it’s a question she’s been asked frequently ― even when she was a youngster.

“I understand why people are asking, and someone has asked me some version of this question for literally as long as I can remember,” Clinton said. The 39-year-old added, “One of my earliest memories is being 3 or 4, and someone asking, ‘Aare you going to run for governor of Arkansas one day?’”

Although Clinton’s father, Bill Clinton, was a two-term president after serving as Arkansas’ governor for many years and her mother, Hillary Clinton, served as a sentor from New York and was the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, Chelsea Clinton said she wished the question wasn’t just asked of kids of politicians.

Referring to “The View” co-host Abby Huntsman, whose dad is former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, she said, “I share that because it’s a question that shouldn’t just be asked of someone whose last name is Clinton or Huntsman. Ask kids, young people, women, and I hope that if the answer to that question is yes, I’m considering it.” 

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Newt Gingrich: RIP Democratic Party – You’re being transformed into an anti-American engine of radical change

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Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential candidate debate was one more reminder that we are living through the death of the Democratic Party. It is being replaced by a new Democratic-Socialist Party.

If you think I exaggerate, consider these examples.

Imagine what would have happened if any candidate in the debate had the courage (or lack of sense) to actively defend President Bill Clinton’s policies on welfare reform, capital gains tax cuts and balanced federal budgets, or his 1996 State of the Union assertion that “the era of Big Government is over.”

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Imagine that any candidate had agreed with President Barack Obama’s original 2008 position that “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage.”

Or imagine that a candidate had defended ObamaCare as the solution to health care in America.

When the last two Democratic presidents can no longer be defended by the men and women hoping to become the next Democratic president, something profound has happened.

We have already seen the old Democratic Party (and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Rep. James Clyburn of South Caroline literally represent the old Democratic Party) being eclipsed by “the Squad.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York is now the spiritual leader of House Democrats. And every major Democratic presidential candidate has endorsed radical Green New Deal-type proposals that would expand government, destroy the energy industry, radically change America, and plunge the economy into a depression.

The Democratic-Socialist Party wants to outlaw private health insurance, punish the successful (especially the wealthy), and expand government control over virtually everything.

In 2020, every Democratic candidate will be faced with the challenge of defending a national party that is now the Democratic-Socialist Party.

The Democratic-Socialist candidates embrace policies ranging from wanting to confiscate guns; forcing the radical California gender curriculum on every state; removing the tax exemption for every church, synagogue, and mosque that defines marriage as between a man and a woman; providing free (meaning taxpayer-funded) health care to people living in our country illegally; and opening the border so anyone and everyone will be able to enter the United States without having to worry about immigration laws.

Some of these radical candidates favor tax-paid sex-change operations in prison – and genderless prisons (one of Biden’s contributions to the dialogue) so male criminals could declare themselves female to be sent to women’s prisons.

Imagine that one of the candidates had said he or she was against abortion. The result might have been a riot – and at a minimum an expulsion of the heretic. Instead, the new Democratic-Socialist Party stands for abortion on the last day of pregnancy, and its most radical acolytes are now for infanticide after delivery as long as “the infant would be kept comfortable” (see the New York state law endorsed by the Democratic governor of Virginia).

Almost equally heretical would have been a candidate defending Columbus Day (favored by 57 percent to 29 percent of the public, with the Democratic-Socialists once again in a position favored by about a quarter of the country).

Imagine that candidate attacking the National Education Association’s pledge that “educators must acknowledge the existence of White supremacy culture as a primary root cause of institutional racism, structural racism, and White privilege. …the Association will actively advocate for social and educational strategies fostering the eradication of institutional racism and White privilege perpetuated by White supremacy culture.”

White supremacy culture is left-wing code for American history, American exceptionalism, the rule of law, the Constitution, and the various habits and patterns that made America the most prosperous and powerful nation in history.

Can you imagine one of the candidates in the debate arguing that our schools should not be centers of anti-American indoctrination dictated by left-wing unions? Of course not. They would be booed off the stage.

As The Wall Street Journal put it in an editorial headlined “Warren and Sanders, Policy Mates.” the pattern is overwhelming:

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The editorial says this about Warren and Sanders: “They both would force these companies to get a new federal charter requiring them to consider ‘stakeholders’ rather than shareholders in their business decisions. They both want to reimpose the old Glass-Steagall fence between commercial banking and investment banking. ‘The business model of Wall Street is fraud,’ Mr. Sanders likes to say. Ms. Warren also thinks bankers are crooks: ‘Wall Street is looting the economy.’ They agree the U.S. Postal Service should become a bank that offers government checking accounts and would compete with private banks.

“On college as an entitlement, the two again see eye to eye.  ‘It’s time to cancel student debt and make universal free college a reality,’ one says. The other reverses the order: ‘We are going to make public colleges and universities tuition free, and cancel all student debt.’ For the record, Ms. Warren’s plan is the first one.”

There are a scattered handful of traditional liberal Democrats in the House and Senate, but none have any chance of ever being a national candidate in the emerging Democratic-Socialist Party.

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We are watching a historic moment in which a once-great American political party is transformed into an anti-American engine of radical change. In 2020, every Democratic candidate will be faced with the challenge of defending a national party that is now the Democratic-Socialist Party.

It will be a wrenching, defining moment for the party of Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy if it is conquered by the party of AOC, Sanders and Warren.

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Chelsea Clinton quashes suspicions she’s considering congressional run

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Chelsea Clinton told “The View” on Wednesday that she was not thinking about running for Congress.

Speculation arose after Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., announced she would retire after the 2020 elections, creating opportunities for potential newcomers like Clinton.

“I am not considering running for Congresswoman Lowey’s seat,” Clinton said while guest-hosting on “The View.” Co-host Sunny Hostin expressed disappointment with that decision.

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“Oh, well thank you, Sunny,” Clinton said, before further addressing the question. “I understand why people are asking and someone has asked me some version of this question for literally as long as I can remember. … One of my earliest memories is being 3 or 4 and someone saying, ‘Chelsea, are you going to run for governor of Arkansas one day?'” the former first daughter recalled.

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Clinton said people other than those like her and co-host Abby Huntsman — also a politician’s daughter — should be asked about running for office.

“I think it’s a question that shouldn’t just be asked of people whose last name is Clinton or Huntsman. It’s a question we should be asking kids … young people, women,” she said. When Huntsman asked if Clinton thought she ever would run for office, Clinton said she just didn’t know.

Clinton has been a fierce critic of President Trump, whose opponent in the 2016 election was her mother, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. During a joint appearance on “The View” earlier in October, the mother and daugheter offered their opinions on Trump.

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“He’s the greatest scam in American political history,” the younger Clinton said.

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Liam Payne on One Direction: Staying ‘would have killed me’

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In 2015, One Direction went on an extended hiatus, which disappointed fans, but as it turns out, that might have been a good thing after all.

Band member Liam Payne recently appeared on “Table Manners with Jessie Ware” and dished on his years with the band, and why staying together “would have killed” him.

“There’s no stop button. You’ve got no control over your life. That’s why I lost complete control of everything,” Payne, 26, revealed. “… We were definitely overworked… I had no personal life. I learned nothing about myself.”

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Payne called his time with the band “mega stressful” and recalled a particularly telling therapy session.

“I remember getting to therapy the one time and the guy was like, ‘What do you like to do?'” he recounted. “(I said) ‘I don’t know. I haven’t got a clue.'”

Avoiding the paparazzi and crazed fans also took its toll.

“That was life. And then once you’re in that pattern, patterns are dangerous because you just get stuck in it,” he said. “… I just lived so long as this reclusive pop star who was afraid of people, who just stayed inside all the time.”

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As if that weren’t enough, Payne’s relationship with singer Cheryl, with whom he has a son, was heavily pressured by the public eye. The couple broke up in 2018.

Then came One Direction’s hiatus.

“It was really scary at first,” Payne said of the split from Harry Styles, Naill Horan, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson. “But I needed to stop, definitely. It would have killed me. One hundred percent.”

Now, however, things have changed.

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“I’m the happiest I’ve ever been,” he said. “It took a long time to get to this place and I’m glad that I’m at this stage of my life now.”

The members of One Direction each lead solo careers now, and just last month, Payne released the single “Stack It Up,” and dropped an acoustic version of the song today.

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Chicago Cancels Public School Classes As Teachers Strike Looms

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says classes in the city’s public schools will be cancelled Thursday for 299,000 children, in anticipation of an expected teacher strike.

The Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools have been locked in a months-long contract dispute over higher pay, caps on class size and other issues. The union’s delegates plan to meet Wednesday evening to vote on whether to move forward with the strike.

In a press conference, Lightfoot said on Wednesday that she stands by the city’s most recent offer, which she said would provide teachers a 16 percent raise over five years, among other proposed changes.

“We have tried to provide the best deal that is fiscally responsible, that’s fair to teachers, fair to taxpayers,” Lightfoot said. “Without question, the deal we put on the table is the best in the Chicago Teachers Union’s history.”

The teachers union said that the city’s offer was paltry compared to what they want. Union leadership said Tuesday that some progress was being made, but that it was too late.

“This whole process is a day late and a dollar short,” CTU President Jesse Sharkey said as he predicted a strike. “Things that happened yesterday and today should have happened a month ago.”

According to the union, the contract fight is about more than pay. Its members cite the need for fully staffed schools, smaller class sizes, and social justice programs as three of their main demands.

But Lightfoot said the union was being deceitful by publicly demanding those changes — but then also bringing up a host of other issues during negotiations.

“The union has told the public repeatedly that the two issues we need to solve are class size and staffing and we have met their needs,” Lightfoot said. “But behind the scenes, they’ve continued to bring up additional bargaining issues that they say must be resolved before they can have a contract.”

As an example, Lightfoot said teachers want to shorten the school day by 30 minutes in the morning — something she is not willing to agree to. “We will not cheat our children out of instructional time,” Lightfoot said.

The Chicago Teachers Union last went on strike in 2012, after its demands for job protection and smaller class sizes were not met.

At the national level, educators have been involved in a recent wave of strikes, including in early 2018, when West Virginia teachers walked out of classrooms for nine days. And in 2019, Oakland teachers formed a picket line after working without a contract since July 2017.

Sarah Karp covers education for WBEZ. Follow her on Twitter at @WBEZeducation and @sskedreporter. Paolo Zialcita is an intern on NPR’s News Desk.

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House Votes OVERWHELMINGLY To Condemn Trump’s Syria Pull-Out

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The House has overwhelmingly voted its bipartisan condemnation of President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of American forces from northern Syria.

Despite stark divisions over Democrats’ Trump impeachment inquiry, Democrats and Republicans banded together Wednesday and approved a nonbinding resolution by 354-60 vote.

The resolution states Congress’ opposition to the troop pullback and says Turkey should cease its military action in Syria. And the measure says the White House should present a plan for an “enduring defeat” of the Islamic State group.

Many worry that IS may revive itself as Turkish forces attack Syrian Kurds holding the extremists.

The House debate was extraordinary for the intensity of lawmakers’ opinions.

Republicans called the troop withdrawal “disastrous” and a “catastrophe.” Democrats criticized Trump directly, with Rep. Seth Moulton saying Trump “has taken the side of dictators and butchers.”

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‘The Kurds are being slaughtered’: House votes to condemn President Trump’s troop pullout from Syria

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin put Turkey on notice that it could face new “powerful sanctions” and that the U.S. will “shut down the Turkish economy” if Ankara goes too far in its incursion against the Kurds in northern Syria. (Oct. 11) AP, AP

WASHINGTON – The House Wednesday overwhelmingly backed aresolution condemning President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, a rare bipartisan rebuke at a time when the president is trying to shore up GOP support to stave off impeachment.

Trump’s decision to remove the troops near the Turkish border has allowed Turkey to lodge an attack on U.S. Kurdish allies who helped in the fight against the Islamic State terrorist group, also known as ISIS.

The House vote was 354-60 with every Democrat and more than two-thirds of the Republicans supporting the measure.

Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a co-sponsor of the resolution, said the pullout has stained America’s reputation as a dependable partner.

“We told them: ‘Trust us. We have your back’,” McCaul said on the House floor minutes before the vote. “And what is happening now? The Kurds are being slaughtered as I speak in northern Syria.”

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., called Trump’s action “shameful” and potentially harmful to the United States.

“It just opened the door for ISIS to reclaim some power,” Hoyer said. “Any terrorist attack they now take will be as a direct result of this action.”

The president tweeted last week that ISIS has been completely defeated and “it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home.” In addition, Trump has downplayed the alliance with the Kurds, saying they did not fight alongside the United States in World War II.

Trump returned to that theme in a long exchange with reporters in the Oval Office on Wednesday, saying that the Kurds are “not angels” and describing his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the region as “strategically brilliant.” The president dismissed reports that Russia had already moved into territory abandoned by the U.S. military.  

“It’s not our problem,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, hours before Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were set to travel to Turkey to try to negotiate a ceasefire and avoid a humanitarian crisis.   

Trump’s Syria policy has created a rare rift with many of his allies in Congress who have denounced the move both as the betrayal of a key ally and a naive strategy that will allow ISIS to reform and wreak havoc.

Rep. John Shimkus, a conservative Illinois Republican and former Army veteran said the president’s troop withdrawal undermines the nation’s values.

“Walking away from friends is the sad indication of a policy that we don’t want to support,” he said on the floor. “Yes, we want America to be great. But we’re also great because of our friends and our allies.”

More: Syria chaos poses new political perils for Trump by uniting Democratic and GOP lawmakers against him

The policy difference comes at a sensitive time for Trump as he tries to rally GOP support on Capitol Hill during an impeachment inquiry led by the Democratic-controlled House.

“He needs those Republican senators to fight for him,” said Alex Conant, a GOP strategist and former aide to Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. “And that’s hard to do when they’re fighting with him on Syria.”

The resolution, supported by Republicans and Democrats in both chambers of Congress, calls for Turkey to end its assault in northern Syria against the Kurds, voices opposition to end “United States efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria” and calls on the U.S. to both protect the Kurds and support the communities now being affected due to the assault.

More: Russia takes over key U.S. outposts in Syria, filling vacuum left by American withdrawal

It notes that the Kurds “fought courageously with the United States against the brutality of ISIS throughout Syria” and that the “abrupt withdrawal” of the U.S. from the region was “beneficial to adversaries of the United States government, including Syria, Iran, and Russia.”

“The chaos and insecurity unleashed in Syria by President Trump’s disastrous decision to precipitously withdraw from northern Syria require strong, smart leadership from Congress,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement. 

More: Trump administration imposes sanctions on Turkey, as critics slam decision to withdraw U.S. troops

The measure was sponsored by Reps. Eliot Engel of New York and McCaul, the top Democrat and Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Sens. Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Todd Young, an Indiana Republican on the committee. 

The issue in Syria has marked one of the biggest riffs Trump has had with Republicans in Congress, who spent the weekend criticizing him and arguing that it damages U.S. interests.

More: Pentagon to withdraw 1,000 troops from Syria within weeks, pulling back in fight against ISIS

After several days of criticism from both parties, Trump on Monday imposed sanctions on Turkey that would increase steel tariffs to 50% from 25%.

“Indiscriminate targeting of civilians, destruction of civilian infrastructure, and targeting of ethnic or religious minorities is unacceptable,” Trump said in a lengthy statement.

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