Tensions with Turkey are mounting after President Donald Trump decided to withdraw troops from Northern Syria.
In response to this move, the Democratic-controlled house decided to vote for sanctions against Turkey, which has been sending its own troops into the region.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the White House on Thursday, November 14, 2019. Trump received him well, whereas elected officials on both sides of the aisle gave Erdogan a cold response.
“It was certainly not a good time, at least, for Mr. Erdogan to be at the White House,” said Senator Mitt Romney, a passionate Trump critic. Romney called for “a series of actions sanctioning Turkey for going against the interests of our country and our ally, the Kurds.”
Senator John Cornyn added, “Erdogan’s been consistently bad news for the people of Turkey and NATO. So I’m concerned about it. I think [sanctions] are likely.” Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has remained cautious about sanctioning Turkey for now but told reporters on Thursday that the subject is still being discussed by Senators.
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Jim Risch is holding off on sanctions for the time being. He hopes that the U.S. can reach an agreement with Turkey over the country’s recent purchase of Russian S-400 missiles, which is expected to activate economic penalties from the United States. However, he also said that this committee will prepare a sanctions bill in the meantime, and put the ball in McConnell’s court.
“Probably it’s best we don’t pass a sanctions bill at this moment,” Risch said, encouraging the use of diplomacy between Erdogan and Trump instead.
“It’s appropriate to put pressure on them to do the right thing, not just with regard to the Kurds, with regard to Syria generally,” added Senator Rob Portman. “The Russian anti-aircraft system that they’re on board with makes it very hard for us to treat them as a normal NATO ally.”
Trump expects the ceasefire between the Kurds and Turkey to continue, but other Senate Republicans aren’t so optimistic.
“Erdogan’s probably going to move against Kobani, which is a traditional majority-Kurdish city,” Senator Marco Rubio speculated. “The last US troops in that area finally left, it took them two weeks to break down and move. And I think he’s going to view that as a chance to come in and grab that city. … That’s going to probably scramble all of this stuff again.”
Trump is handling this situation with a diplomatic calm that his neoconservative and neoliberal predecessors generally did not exercise.
Unlike previous governments, Trump isn’t taking cues from defense contractors and is using tough diplomacy to advance U.S. interests and keep it out of foreign policy quagmires. For American First supporters, Trump’s approach to foreign policy isn’t ideal, but he has at least kept the country from entering new conflicts.
Federal Government Threatens to Defund Connecticut School Districts for Allowing Males to Compete in Female Sports
In a “letter of impending enforcement action” released on May 28, 2020, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights declared that The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference violated Title IX by “permitting the participation of certain male student-athletes” in girls’ track events at several school districts.
The federal investigation was kicked off last summer and were the result of the Alliance Defending Freedom filing a complaint on behalf three female students. The Justice Department took sides with female students during the past month.
The biological females sustained that the “Transgender Participation” policy, which was first enacted seven years ago, were stripped of their rights under Title IX by allowing “boys who are male in every biological and physiological respect” compete in their sports, provided that they “claim a female gender identity.”
The CIAC policy started to yield troubling results when two biological males who identified as girls began dominating girls’ track meets. This policy is less stringent than the NCAA’s transgender policy, which mandates males to take testosterone-suppressing hormones for at least a year before participating in female sports competitions.
Three school districts violated Title IX by also participating in CIAC athletic events. “Glastonbury, Canton, and Danbury placed female student-athletes in athletic events against male student-athletes, resulting in competitive disadvantages for female student-athletes,” federal officials stated.
The athletic events in which the female student-athletes competed were coeducational; female student-athletes were denied the opportunity to compete in events that were exclusively female, whereas male student-athletes were able to compete in events that were exclusively male.
On top of that, three other districts – Hartford, Bloomfield and Cromwell – violated Title IX by allowing two biological males, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, compete on female teams per CIAC policy. According to the OCR, the conference and six districts “treated student-athletes differently based on sex.”
According to Greg Piper of the College Fix, “The letter uses pseudonyms for the students but all have been previously named. The girls filed a related lawsuit in February under their real names: Alanna Smith, Chelsea Mitchell and Selina Soule.”
The conference and six districts rejected “resolution agreements” with OCR, prompting the office to issue them “letters of impasse” on March 17. These are basically warning letters. The office initially gave them 10 days to comply. They then extended the deadline by an additional 30 days as a result of “their COVID-19-related duties and responsibilities.”
At the moment, OCR will either “initiate administrative proceedings” to block federal funding for the conference and districts or hand the cases over to the Justice Department in order for it to enforce federal law.
It’s good to see athletes finally get justice.
Thanks to the Left grabbing control of so many American institutions, Americans are subjected to a wide array of politically correct experiments.
This is a solid victory which should be built upon by the Trump administration and members of Congress.
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