Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday condemned as \u0022illegal and unconstitutional\u0022 President Donald Trump\u0026#039;s newly announced plan to keep U.S. troops in northeastern Syria to control and exploit the region\u0026#039;s oil fields.\u0022Last I checked, Congress never authorized U.S. forces to be deployed to secure Syria\u0026#039;s economic resources,\u0022 Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, tweeted Wednesday.During a press conference in the Diplomatic Room of the White House Wednesday, Trump said a \u0022small number of U.S. troops will remain in the area where they have the oil.\u0022 The president did not specify how long or how many U.S. troops would remain stationed in northeastern Syria.\u0022We\u0026#039;ve secured the oil,\u0022 Trump said. \u0022We\u0026#039;re going to be protecting it, and we\u0026#039;ll be deciding what we\u0026#039;re going to do with it in the future.\u0022TRUMP on Syria\u0026#039;s oil: \u0022We\u0026#039;ve secured the oil and, therefore, a small number of US Troops will remain in the area. Where they have the oil. And we\u0026#039;re going to be protecting it, and we\u0026#039;ll be deciding what we\u0026#039;re going to do with it in the future.\u0022 pic.twitter.com/nKgmXS4yRx— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 23, 2019The president\u0026#039;s remarks came just over two weeks after he abruptly announced the withdrawal of U.S. troops from northeastern Syria, paving the way for Turkey to launch a deadly assault on the region\u0026#039;s Kurdish population.Despite the slaughter, Trump claimed he \u0022saved the lives of many, many Kurds\u0022 by negotiating a \u0022ceasefire\u0022 in northeastern Syria following the Turkish military operation that he enabled.\u0022Countless lives are now being saved as a result of our negotiation with Turkey—an outcome reached without spilling one drop of American blood,\u0022 the president said. \u0022No injuries. Nobody shot, nobody killed.\u0022Dozens of people were reportedly killed during Turkey\u0026#039;s bombardment of the Kurds. According to the United Nations, more than 160,000 civilians were displaced by the Turkish invasion.As Common Dreams reported last week, Amnesty International documented a number of war crimes committed by Turkish forces in northeastern Syria, including indiscriminate bombing of residential areas and \u0022summary killings\u0022 of civilians.\u0022Turkish military forces and their allies have displayed an utterly callous disregard for civilian lives,\u0022 said Kumi Naidoo, secretary general of Amnesty International.