October 18, 2019 / 4:08 PM / a month ago

Republican leader McCarthy wants pause on U.S. congressional action on Turkey

FILE PHOTO: House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks during a weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Al Drago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As U.S. lawmakers from both parties press forward to penalize Turkey for its recent assault on Syria, the top Republican in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, said it is more appropriate for them to pause so that fellow Republican President Donald Trump and his administration can take the lead.

“I think it would be appropriate to let them continue to do that work especially based upon the success of the president and the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, with their work in Turkey and I would take direction from that,” he said at a press briefing on Friday. “I think I would take a pause right now and I would let them do the work.”

Reporting by Lisa Lambert and Susan Cornwell; Editing by Chris Reese

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