Meadows Parts Ways With Trump on Syria Aid

Freedom Caucus chair pressed Trump not to cancel $230 million

By Susan Crabtree, Washington Free Beacon
August 29, 2018

Rep. Mark Meadows (R., N.C.), one of President Trump’s staunchest allies in Congress, worked behind the scenes to try to persuade Trump not to cancel $230 million in aid to help Syrian citizens rebuild their communities struggling to recover from Islamic State rule, according to a congressional letter Meadow signed earlier this month.

“Syrians whose lives have been destroyed by this conflict are faced with an impossible choice: Be subjected to the inhumanity of the Assad regime and its Iranian backers or to savage exploitation of ISIS and al-Qaeda,” said Jameson Cunningham, spokesman for Americans for a Free Syria, a nonprofit advocacy group.

“Mark Meadows and his colleagues know that offering the Syrian people another way—grounded in human rights and democracy—is important for the long-term security of the United States,” he added.

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