GOP Congressman Shimkus Pulls Support for President Trump

Oct 10, 2019

Southern Illinois Republican Congressman John Shimkus says he no longer supports President Donald Trump after his ``terrible and despicable'' decision to pull American troops from Syria.

Shimkus says he was so ``shocked, embarrassed and angered'' by the president's announcement that U.S. forces would no longer protect Syrian Kurds from a Turkish invasion that he told his staff to ``take my name off the `I support Donald Trump' list.''

The congressman made the remarks in a Wednesday radio interview with KMOX in St. Louis.

In a statement Thursday, Shimkus added that Kurds have ``fought our battles in Syria and Iraq so that countless American sons and daughters didn't have to.''

Shimkus announced in September that he won't seek re-election in 2020.