Trump Insists On Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

Posted February 03, 2019

"During my campaign I said, very strongly, that these wars must finally end", Trump said on Twitter.

Another administration ally and veteran Republican activist characterized the attempt as the most forceful break by McConnell with Trump since he's become president. Senators reintroduced that legislation this week in hopes it could pass in the House this congressional session. But many saw a potential Trojan horse in the language of McConnell's amendment, arguing that Trump's more hawkish advisers might see a measure seeking a commitment to hostilities in Syria and Afghanistan as permission to fight wars they believe Congress never authorized.

Rubio then warned the troop withdrawal will come back to haunt the US.

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 US allies in the lurch.

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.

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On Tuesday the top U.S. intelligence chief said that the Islamic State group still has "thousands" of fighters that it can rebuild into a cohesive force in any vacuum left in the war-torn country.

"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. Trump began drawing down troops in the country in late December.

"We can ignore ISIS and we can ignore al Qaeda and we can ignore Iran, but they will not ignore us", the Florida lawmaker said.

Hayes said everything in the bill would hurt McConnell.

MAK: Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's measure calls upon the administration to certify the enduring defeat of al-Qaida and ISIS before USA forces can be pulled. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. The measure renews the USA commitment to Israel, deepens cooperation with Jordan, and delivers justice for the victims of President Bashar Assad's regime in Syria, McConnell said Thursday.

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The Senate voted 68-23 to rebuke a "precipitous withdrawal" from the two countries.

The resolution voted by the Senate on Thursday specifically acknowledged "progress made by" Khalilzad and offered support for diplomatic efforts.

In a vote that will likely further complicate USA withdrawal plans from both Syria and Afghanistan, the Senate voted on Thursday to advance a bill that pushes back against any precipitous pull-out.

This article was written by Karoun Demirjian, a reporter for The Washington Post. "What McConnell is saying is let's maintain the status quo", he said.

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