US Senate vote rebukes Trump on Syria, Afghanistan
Feb 03 2019
"During my campaign I said, very strongly, that these wars must finally end", Trump said on Twitter.
At first, President Trump hit back at America's top spies, insisting they're wrong.
"We will be looking at a national emergency because I don't think anything's going to happen" concerning an agreement, Trump told reporters at the White House. "Congress must play a role, consistent with its constitutional authority over war, in developing a troop withdrawal plan that is coordinated with our allies, that continues to provide humanitarian aid, and that supports political settlements in these countries".
The Kentucky lawmaker's statement was a direct hit against the president's claim that the United States has "won against ISIS".
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., argued in support of the amendment on the Senate floor, saying Trump's withdrawal announcement has already undermined U.S. credibility in the region.
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.
About Syria the president said soon the ISIS Caliphate will be completely destroyed and Washington to watch the happenings closely and so it is the right time to start withdrawing troops.
Just because Trump is bungling Syria policy doesn't mean Democrats should endorse endless war, nor this amendment which asserts American forces are in Syria to fight Iran.
This week, U.S. 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. "I believe you increase the chance of war". Trump began drawing down troops in the country in late December.
"ISIS and al-Qaida have yet to be defeated", McConnell said.
The majority leader's comments to the president came amid rising GOP concerns over the fallout if Trump were to declare a national emergency that would allow him to circumvent Congress and use the military to build new walls along the U.S. -Mexico border.
Ironically, numerous Senate's most progressive members sided with Trump.
Danielle Pletka, a senior vice president at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, said lawmakers are doing exactly what they should - asserting themselves as a separate but equal branch of government that has been largely dormant on foreign policy.
"It is important that the Senate be on the right side of this issue so that we can hope to influence future actions and policies before they are taken, and we can help change them once they have been taken in places headed in the wrong direction", Rubio said. He warned Trump that such a declaration might split the GOP and that Congress could pass a resolution opposing it, two Republican sources familiar with the conversation told the newspaper. "Perhaps it could have put some of my colleagues with aims beyond the Senate at odds with parts of the far left", McConnell said.