Turkey launched an incursion into northern Syria last week because Democrats are trying to impeach President Donald Trump, Republican Rep. Liz Cheney said on Monday.
During an appearance on Fox News, Cheney attempted to rewrite history as she ignored Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces ahead of the Turkish offensive and claimed instead that Democrats are to blame.
"I also want to say that the impeachment proceedings that are going on and what the Democrats are doing themselves to try to weaken this president is part of this," the Wyoming congresswoman and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney said, according to Newsweek.
"It was not an accident that the Turks chose this moment to roll across the border," she continued. "And I think the Democrats have got to pay very careful attention to the damage that they're doing with the impeachment proceedings."
In reality, Trump’s decision last week to pull U.S. troops out of the region gave Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the greenlight to send his military over the border into Syria.
After speaking with Erdogan, Trump announced his decision, garnering harsh criticism in the process.
A National Security Council source told Newsweek last week that the president got “rolled” by Erdogan on that phone call.
"President Trump was definitely out-negotiated and only endorsed the troop withdraw to make it look like we are getting something—but we are not getting something," the source said. "The U.S. national security has entered a state of increased danger for decades to come because the president has no spine and that's the bottom line."
While Cheney has gone about blaming Democrats for Turkey’s move, most Republicans have laid blame at the president’s feet.