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Senate backs McConnell rebuke of Trump military drawdowns

03 February 2019

Trump said earlier on Thursday he would bring American troops home if a peace deal were reached to end 17 years of war in Afghanistan.

That it was spearheaded by McConnell (R-Ky.), who often waits to cross Trump until there is overwhelming momentum in his conference, indicates how deeply the president's announcements broke faith within the party.

President Trump meets with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office at the White House on Thursday.

Trump noted approvingly that peace talks were underway in Afghanistan and that the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) was almost eliminated in Syria.

"President Trump proposed logical solutions", said Sen.

Rubio then warned the troop withdrawal will come back to haunt the US.

Shanahan backed Trump's decision earlier this week to withdraw troops from Syria and indicated he supported the potential for a drawdown of the roughly 14,000 us troops in Afghanistan, calling ongoing diplomatic talks with the Taliban "encouraging". It declares that the Islamic State's continued operations in both Syria and Afghanistan pose a threat to the United States.

Several potential Democratic presidential hopefuls voted no on the amendment, Senators Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Jeff Merkley, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren.

This week, United States intelligence chiefs publicly broke with Trump, contradicting several of his foreign policy positions by telling senators that ISIS has not been defeated, Iran is probably not producing nukes and North Korea is unlikely to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

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"Our troops have been in Syria since 2015 under what I believe are very questionable legal authorities", Sen. Trump began drawing down troops in the country in late December.


MAK: That sudden declaration of a withdrawal from Syria led Trump administration officials to raise concerns that ISIS had not yet been defeated and that the withdrawal would leave American allies in the lurch. Exact timing for a vote on the final bill has not been announced yet.

Many have spoken out against the decision of President Trump to remove the United States military from terrorist hotspots: Syria and Afghanistan.

The resolution voted by the Senate on Thursday specifically acknowledged "progress made by" Khalilzad and offered support for diplomatic efforts.

Pushed forward by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the legislation also is driving a political wedge dividing Democrats, particularly those running for president in 2020, over the troop withdrawal and a separate provision supporting Israel.

Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, the new chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that what the president had declared was just a "shorter" version of what the Senate was now passing.

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Senate backs McConnell rebuke of Trump military drawdowns