Senate opposes Trump on troop pullouts

Senate opposes Trump on troop pullouts

Senate opposes Trump on troop pullouts

Specifically, the amendment asserts that the USA faces continued threats from terrorist groups in Syria and Afghanistan, and a quick withdrawal of US forces could risk those gains and national security.

Mr. Trump late previous year declared the US had won its battle against the Islamic State in Syria, and said he would bring troops back.

On Wednesday, Trump lashed out at US intelligence chiefs in his own administration a day after they testified to a Senate panel about worldwide threats to USA national security.

There is bipartisan support for legislation that would direct the president to remove US armed forces from the conflict in Yemen - the Senate voted 56-41 back in December to end American military support to the Saudi-led coalition.

Ironically, numerous Senate's most progressive members sided with Trump.

"Nothing in the McConnell amendment can be construed as an authorization for the use of military force", said Sen.

"It's sort of this great improvisation directed by the president of the United States, that doesn't really follow any of the notes or sheets of music", Katulis said.

Florida GOP Sen. Rick Scott said the president was in listening mode and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., said the administration has been "very open to speaking to us".

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MAK: The president had unexpectedly tweeted in December that the United States was withdrawing its approximately 2,000 troops from Syria.

There were roughly 2,000 US troops in Syria "working as advisers to the Syrian Defense Forces or providing other support to local militias battling the Islamic State" as of April 2018, reported USA Today.

"We've certainly tried to communicate that to him", said Cornyn, referring to Trump.

That, however, doesn't seem to be enough for Republican lawmakers. Bernie Sanders said he opposes the McConnell troops pullout amendment but also opposes the way Trump is pulling troops out without consulting allies and having a sensible withdrawal.

The popular democratic socialist politician has also sought to push forward a bill calling for an end to US military support for the Saudi-led war against a Zaidi Shiite Muslim rebel group known as Ansar Allah or the Houthis in Yemen, but the measure has split Republicans, with McConnell and Rubio among those opposed.

McConnell's top deputy, Sen. Rand Paul, missed the vote but said he was against it.

A final vote on the overall bill is not expected before next week. The measure is attached to a broader Mideast-policy bill that the Senate is still debating. We stood shoulder-to-shoulder with our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies throughout the Cold War.

Still, the bill also includes an anti-boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) amendment that may prove hard to pass in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. "If you give them any belief that they have a chance to win because you have withdrawn".

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