US Senate chief rebukes Trump over Syria pullout

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"Speaker Pelosi and her colleagues are advertising it as a package of urgent measures to save American democracy", McConnell said on the Senate floor.

"Senator McConnell's amendment is a shot across the bow of the Trump team from the majority of the Republican party that favours active United States engagement in global affairs", Nicholas Heras, a senior fellow at Center for New American Security, told The National.

However, Trump's intelligence chiefs said ISIS still remains a threat in Syria and Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned on the same note. "And American national security interests require continued commitment to our missions there".

While both Republicans and Democrats voted for the amendment, there was bipartisan dissent as well.

Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent, tried to have the best of both worlds, blaming Mr. Trump for a "reckless" foreign policy, but ultimately ending up on the same pro-withdrawal side. Chris Murphy's statement that the amendment was "not the right way for us to proceed as a means of correcting Trump's backward policies", since it could "get us even more deeply mired into a series of conflicts in the Middle East".

Senate Democrats were divided over the issue, and virtually all of those that are likely to run for president in 2020 voted against the bill for reasons reflecting Sen. A month later, ISIS claimed credit for an attack in Syria that left four Americans dead.

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Is "Arab NATO" closer to reality after Pompeo's tour? In the years since, however, the group has largely been defeated, leaving only a shrinking pocket of control in eastern Syria, where the US has supported Kurdish-led forces.

Elaborating on his willingness to withdraw from Afghanistan after the Senate voted to oppose any such pullout, President Trump confirmed on Friday that "serious negotiations" are ongoing and could result in a peace deal with the U.S. withdrawing. The Senate voted 68-23 to advance nonbinding legislation warning against a "precipitous withdrawal" from Syria and Afghanistan.

Leaving Syria has become a political hot-button issue for many hawks, who argue variously that either ISIS isn't defeated, that the U.S. should transition the Syria War to fighting Iran, or that the USA should transition the Syria War into permanently protecting the Syrian Kurdish groups the United States was aligned with against Turkey.

McConnell's resolution urges the Trump administration to conduct a thorough review of its strategy regarding Syria, including an assessment of the risks of withdrawal, and calls on the administration to certify the enduring defeat of al-Qaida and ISIS before any significant withdrawal of US forces from Syria or Afghanistan. So, I have problems with what Trump is doing.

JIM INHOFE: This is a way of saying that we in the Senate - or in the Congress agree that it should be and all of the military agrees and the president agrees. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. "If you give them any belief that they have a chance to win because you have withdrawn".

"Our troops have been in Syria since 2015 under what I believe are very questionable legal authorities", Sen. The measure is part of a broader Mideast policy bill that's expected to pass next week.



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