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10.9.19

Senator Thom Tillis Caves Again Under Primary Pressure

RALEIGH, NC — Senator Thom Tillis is caving on yet another issue as he grapples with a competitive primary against a self-funding Republican opponent. Tillis said today that he will give President Donald Trump “the benefit of the doubt” in response to his decision to immediately pull troops out of northeast Syria, a decision that has been criticized by national security experts and even many of Tillis’ Republican colleagues.

The move marks a reversal for Tillis, who earlier this year voted to affirm that ISIS still poses a threat to the United States and oppose a “rash” withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan, and in December 2018 expressed concerns over prematurely withdrawing troops from Syria.

This follows his “Olympic gold flip-flop” on the White House’s sham national emergency declaration, where he ultimately voted to allow $80 million in cuts to North Carolina military projects after previously announcing his opposition to the declaration.

“Senator Tillis is so beholden to President Trump that he is ignoring the calls of national security experts and even leaders within his own party to excuse this reckless decision to abandon an American ally on the battlefield,” said Army veteran and U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham. “In caving again, Senator Tillis is prioritizing his own political security over our national security, which shows he is too weak to represent North Carolina in the U.S. Senate.”