Intel: How McConnell is forcing Democrats to side with Trump on Syria

U.S. Senator John Thune speaks to members of the media after the Senate Republican weekly policy lunche

Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) dissented from the bipartisan commitment to "fueling forever wars" and argued that Congress must work to end overseas conflicts instead of inventing "more reasons to continue them".

Asked by NPR whether the measures should be taken as a rebuke of the president, here's what Risch said. Senators reintroduced that legislation this week in hopes it could pass in the House this congressional session.

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

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.

Republicans spent years accusing Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, of pursuing capricious troop withdrawals and have refused to defend Trump's efforts to do the same.

Trump rode a populist wave to the White House with an "America First" approach focused on rebuilding the United States and bringing USA troops home, rather than funding wars overseas.

Setting the tone in the Senate, the first bill of the new year reaffirms sanctions on Syrian officials involved in war crimes and soon will include an amendment taking the unusual step of signaling opposition to Trump's plan to withdraw troops from Syria and Afghanistan.

However, Trump's intelligence chiefs said ISIS still remains a threat in Syria and Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned on the same note.

"Our troops have been in Syria since 2015 under what I believe are very questionable legal authorities", Sen.

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In late January, the House overwhelmingly passed a measure to prevent Trump from using federal funds to execute a withdrawal from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. He said of the message it sends to Trump: "That we're a coequal branch of government and have coequal responsibility for foreign relations".

Kirsten Gillibrand had endorsed Trump's plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and Syria, reported The New York Times.

The U.S. -led war in Afghanistan began in October 2001, weeks after the 9/11 attacks were conducted by the then-dominant Taliban's Al-Qaeda ally.

On Thursday, a majority from the US Senate voted in favour of Mr McConnell's amendment and in rebuking the White House policy.

Ironically, numerous Senate's most progressive members sided with Trump. "It simply states that the United States should not withdraw until political resolutions are in place".

Yet, Sen. John Kennedy, one of the Republicans who voted against the language, said he wasn't sure who's right and who's wrong in the withdrawal debate - and he wasn't going to back a stay-the-course approach.

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

With the fresh McConnell drama, Trump's foreign policy is under strain on the Hill from both hawkish and realist right.

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