Senate Vote Opposes Ending US Wars In Syria And Afghanistan


"During my campaign I said, very strongly, that these wars must finally end", he tweeted.

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. Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and H.R. McMaster, former National Security Council adviser, repeatedly warned Trump not to make a swift withdrawal from the Middle East.

Mr. Trump in December also asked the Pentagon to draw up plans for withdrawal from Afghanistan.

That sudden declaration of a withdrawal from Syria - and Trump's claim of victory over ISIS - was news to American diplomats, military officers and lawmakers, who raised concerns that ISIS had not yet been defeated and that the withdrawal would leave USA allies in the lurch.

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That includes what he described as his " Spartacus moment " during Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearings last fall.

Jon Rainwater, executive director of Peace Action, argued that Trump's Syria and Afghanistan withdrawals offer House Democrats an opportunity to put forth their own plan for withdrawal that contrasts with the president's haphazard approach.

For the second straight day, McConnell blasted unnamed Democrats for filibustering his amendment, and suggested Democrats - particularly those making a presidential run in 2020 - were reluctant to vote for a measure that opposed bringing troops back home, something that's a priority for many Democratic voters.

Sources say the advance vote by the US Senate mainly seeks advance an amendment seeking to rein in Trump's announced withdrawal of US forces in the Middle East among other misgivings.

Thursday's vote serves notice to the White House that senior Republican leaders want a reversal of Trump's order to withdraw USA special forces from Syria and a check on future plans to withdraw troops in Afghanistan. "They stood with us following September 11th", he said.

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Thursday also marks the most stark divide yet between the top Republican in the Senate and the president. ISIS and al-Qaida have yet to be defeated.

Speaking on the amendment's language on US involvement in Afghanistan, libertarian Republican Senator Rand Paul tweeted that "It is ludicrous to call withdrawal after 17 years 'precipitous.'" On the other side of the aisle, Democratic Senators Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Jeff Merkley and Elizabeth Warren all voted no.

In addition to Sanders, 19 Senate Democrats and two Republicans voted against the nonbinding amendment. "It simply states that the United States should not withdraw until political resolutions are in place".

This article was written by Karoun Demirjian, a reporter for The Washington Post.

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"I think the Congress recognizes when it comes to construction and implementation of foreign policy, the Founding Fathers gave both the legislative branch and the executive branch a role", he said.