Cicilline, Republican Congressman Question Turkey as NATO Partner

Oct 16, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressmen David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) introduced legislation today that will require a formal review of the relationship between the United States and Turkey. The United States-Turkey Relations Review Act of 2019 directs the Secretary of State—in coordination with the Secretary of Defense, Director of National Intelligence, and Secretary of Energy—to address and assess whether or not Turkey has met duties and obligations with the NATO alliance.


“Turkey has been moving away from democratic values and towards authoritarianism for years now. Erdogan does not share American interests. It’s time to acknowledge these basic facts and stop treating Turkey like a trusted ally,” said Cicilline. “I’m proud to be joining my friend from Illinois in introducing this bipartisan bill today.”


“What’s happening in Northern Syria right now is devastating. We’ve abandoned our Kurdish allies who have sacrificed their lives to fight ISIS, and now President Erdogan has unleashed an assault on the Kurdish people—it is reprehensible and inhumane. As a result, my colleague Rep. Cicilline and I have introduced this legislation to reassess U.S.-Turkey relations,” added Kinzinger. “If Erdogan doesn’t want to act like a leader of a NATO nation, we should not treat him like one. Far too many lives have been taken by Assad, Putin, and Khameni, and the United States should not stand idly by as Erdogan joins this list of murderous thugs. Thank you to my colleagues for joining me as we work to hold the Turkish government accountable for their decision to invade Syria.”


This bipartisan legislation is critical as Turkey advances into Northern Syria with plans of destroying the Kurdish people through ethnic cleansing. Congressmen Kinzinger and Cicilline were joined by the following original co-sponsors in introducing this legislation:


Rep. Colin Allred (D-TX)

Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL)

Rep. Greg Stanton (D-AZ)

Rep. French Hill (R-AR)

Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX)

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)


A PDF copy of the bill, as introduced, can be furnished upon request.