Stefanik answers public’s questions on Trump, Syria, terrorism

wwny Stefanik answers public’s questions on Trump, Syria, terrorism

LOWVILLE, N.Y. (WWNY) - North country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was in Lowville Thursday answering questions at a public forum and some of those questions were about President Trump.

"Do you support a president who will contact a foreign leader and ask for help in investigating another political opponent," asked Randy LaLonde.

Questions surrounding President Donald Trump and the impeachment inquiry were a topic of conversation Thursday at Congresswoman Elise Stefanik's Lowvile forum.

"When I read the Trump Zielinski phone call, there was no quid quo pro," said Stefanik (R. - 21st District).

Stefanik is against impeachment, but does oppose President Trump on another issue - his decision to pull troops out of northeastern Syria. Kurdish forces in Syria have been a strong ally to the United States in the fight against ISIS. After the U.S. forces pulled out, Turkish forces crossed into the Syrian border Wednesday and began attacking Kurdish positions.

"My concern is the long term implications of the way we leave our allies and partners behind, what's that going to cause in the future," said Stefanik.

"With the potential rise of ISIS, what do you say to the troops on Fort Drum," asked another person in attendance.

"One of the concerns that I fear when I talk to soldiers is particularly those that served in Iraq pre-ISIS, having to go back in and reclaim territory that they fought for years before side by side with the Iraqis," said Stefanik.

There were also questions about white supremacists, terrorism and shootings on American soil.

“What are we doing here about domestic terrorism? I don’t even like being in a gathering like this because who knows,” asked George Smith.

"The Department of Justice, I think, should characterize mass shootings from white supremacists as domestic terrorist events and they should treat them as such. I do have faith in law enforcement in this district. I feel very safe right here," replied Stefanik.

When answering other questions about her stance on the impeachment inquiry, Stefanik said that historically she believes to pursue an impeachment investigation there should be a vote.

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