Time to come home: Trump defends troops withdrawal from Middle East

Posted February 03, 2019

"Speaker Pelosi and her colleagues are advertising it as a package of urgent measures to save American democracy", McConnell said on the Senate floor.

"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.

How would it affect Mr Trump's vague plans on Syria?

"We are on a deliberate, coordinated, disciplined withdrawal", Shanahan said Tuesday in his first formal engagement with media as acting defense secretary.

Still, Sanders argued that the manner of Trump's pullout was "reckless" and the Vermont senator called for a "troop withdrawal plan that is coordinated with our allies, that continues to provide humanitarian aid and that supports political settlements in these countries". In the years since, however, the group has largely been defeated, leaving only a shrinking pocket of control in eastern Syria, where the USA has supported Kurdish-led forces.

MAK: The president had unexpectedly tweeted in December that the United States was withdrawing its approximately 2,000 troops from Syria.

A number of Democrats who voted against it expressed concern that it was tantamount to a vote advocating a state of permanent war.

Trump's hand-picked intelligence chiefs earlier this week told a Senate committee that the Islamic State remains a threat, as well as entities inside Afghanistan, and that North Korea is unlikely to ever give up its nuclear arms.

"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.

Hayes said everything in the bill would hurt McConnell. "They stood with us following September 11th", he said.

Thursday's vote serves notice to the White House that senior Republican leaders want a reversal of Trump's order to withdraw U.S. special forces from Syria and a check on future plans to withdraw troops in Afghanistan.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) set social media alight on Wednesday after he described legislation to make Election Day a paid holiday for federal workers as a "power grab" by Democrats.

If the bill passes the Senate, it would then go to the House for a vote. "Most immediately, the United States must use our leverage with Turkey to prevent further military incursions into Syrian territory, particularly those targeting Kurdish communities there".

It is likely that McConnell, not National Security Advisor John Bolton, is the most ardent opponent of Trump's new strategy yet. 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.

That measure, titled the "Combatting BDS Act", is opposed by rights groups and some Democrats who say it infringes on free speech.