Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said after the vote that she believes it's "far past due for the United States to negotiate an appropriate end" to the conflict in Afghanistan, America's longest war in its history.
That it was spearheaded by McConnell (R-Ky.), who often waits to cross Trump until there is overwhelming momentum in his conference, indicates how deeply the president's announcements broke faith within the party.
"Trump will be remembered for overseeing a dramatic weakening of the presidency-it'll be back to Andrew Johnson days", a prominent conservative close to the White House says.
"No one has forgotten September 11, 2001, but sometimes we fail to remember what made is possible in the first place", said Sen.
"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", Rainwater told Common Dreams.
There were roughly 2,000 US troops in Syria "working as advisers to the Syrian Defense Forces or providing other support to local militias battling the Islamic State" as of April 2018, reported USA Today.
"I think a number of our members, as you know, talk to the President on fairly regular basis and have articulated to him that they think the policies that the wants to employ with regard to Syria, for example, are not the right ones".
Just because Trump is bungling Syria policy doesn't mean Democrats should endorse endless war, nor this amendment which asserts American forces are in Syria to fight Iran.
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This week, U.S. intelligence chiefs said that the ISIL remained a threat.
MAK: That sudden declaration of a withdrawal from Syria led Trump administration officials to raise concerns that ISIS had not yet been defeated and that the withdrawal would leave American allies in the lurch.
In December, over Trump's objections, the Senate voted to end USA military support for the Saudi-led coalition in the war in Yemen and blame Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He said of the message it sends to Trump: "That we're a coequal branch of government and have coequal responsibility for foreign relations".
The Senate voted 68-23 to rebuke a "precipitous withdrawal" from the two countries.
Both Democrats and Republicans do not agree with the President and have even gone ahead to vote on a nonbinding amendment expressing strong opposition to Trump's withdrawal plans.
MAK: OK. And here's Republican Senator Jim Inhofe, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sidestepping whether it was about splitting with Trump. For aspiring reformers of the way the United States conducts itself overseas, it's rather inconsistent of McConnell to invoke a need for congressional oversight, when there has been no greater handmaiden of status-quo approaches elsewhere.
I'm heading to the Senate floor right now to speak against Senator McConnell's Syria amendment.
This article was written by Karoun Demirjian, a reporter for The Washington Post.