Brian Schatz

Senate backs McConnell's rebuke of Trump's military drawdown plans in Syria, Afghanistan

Senate backs McConnell's rebuke of Trump's military drawdown plans in Syria, Afghanistan

The vast majority of Senate Republicans backed Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday in a rebuke of President Donald Trump's rationale for withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan, voting to declare that the Islamic State's presence and activity in both countries continues to pose a serious threat to the United States.

The measure, presented as an amendment to a greater Middle East policy bill, is a striking reprimand of the president from a GOP that has become increasingly comfortable expressing its opposition to Trump's foreign policy through votes on the Senate floor.

That it was spearheaded by McConnell, R-Ky., who often waits to cross Trump until there...

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