US Senate rebukes Trump over Syria, Afghanistan troop withdrawals

US Senate rebukes Trump over Syria, Afghanistan troop withdrawals

US Senate rebukes Trump over Syria, Afghanistan troop withdrawals

On Thursday, the Senate voted 68-23 to advance an amendment offered by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), a key Trump ally, that expressed the sense of the chamber that the us "faces continuing threats from terrorist groups operating in Syria and Afghanistan" and that the "precipitous withdrawal of United States forces from either country could put at risk hard-won gains and United States national security".

Democratic senators stood in groups on the chamber floor debating each other over what the vote would mean.

"When it comes to USA imperialism and the war machines, the Democrats are just the same, if not worse, than the Republicans", Sheehan told Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear on Friday.

Anti-war voices were quick to slam the more than two dozen Democrats who opted to ignore grassroots pressure and vote for McConnell's resolution, which easily sailed through the Senate by a margin of 68-23. Sherrod Brown of OH did not vote.

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 USA troops in Afghanistan, calling ongoing diplomatic talks with the Taliban "encouraging". Trump began drawing down troops in the country in late December.

"Let me be clear: it does not", said Sen.

"Nothing to me is more revealing of the core pathology of the modern Republican Party the way that it sees widening access to the ballot and higher turnout as a threat", he said.


"Congress doesn't have to have to cosign Trump foreign policy trial balloons, but they ought to articulate their own responsible withdrawal plan that replaces US troops and airstrikes with smart diplomacy and targeted humanitarian aid". "And American national security interests require continued commitment to our missions there", McConnell said.

The measure said ISIS and al Qaeda militants still pose a serious threat to the USA, and warned that "a precipitous withdrawal" of American forces from those countries could "allow terrorists to regroup, destabilize critical regions and create vacuums that could be filled by Iran or Russian Federation".

Asked about the amendment, Thune said, "I think it reflects. that we want to trust our military leaders when it comes to some of these decisions". "That's being conveyed", Thune said. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said the vote showed Congress is a "co-equal branch of government". He said of the message it sends to Trump: "That we're a coequal branch of government and have coequal responsibility for foreign relations".

McConnell's amendment will be voted on again next week to determine if it should be tacked on to a broader Middle East policy bill.

They complain that the Republicans purposefully added that provision to a package that otherwise has bipartisan support to put political pressure on Democrats. Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat in a floor speech Tuesday.

McConnell poured cold water on House Democrats' proposed H.R. 1 (known as the For The People Act) which contains a slew of reforms, including the Election Day proposal, which was aimed at making it easier for all Americans to be able to vote. "That is why I voted against it", he said. That bill, which includes fresh sanctions on Syria and a measure combating the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, advanced in a procedural vote on Monday.

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