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

Sunday, 03 Feb, 2019

The temporary funding bill that re-opened parts of the government expires February 15.

If that happens, large portions of the federal government that reopened January 25 after a record-long funding lapse would shut down again.

He told reporters this week, "We're not going to be leading from behind anymore". "I don't think Democrats want border security". A McConnell spokesman declined to discuss the senator's private conversations.

But McConnell's gambit is audacious because he is breaking with the president he has worked so effectively to reshape America's judiciary and reform its tax system-career-long goals for the majority leader.

McConnell's comments attracted widespread scorn on Twitter from politicians past and present, including Sen. Many of Trump's allies say that troops should stay to make sure ISIS does not see a resurgence. "In the process, they are doing a great disservice to the American people and to all of us who value the tradition of strong bipartisan support for our friend and ally, Israel". "But I don't know if he shares those same concerns".

"This is being used against us right now", Rubio said. Rick Scott, R-Fla. "If the Democrats won't negotiate with him because their judgment is clouded by their pure hatred of him, then the president needs to move forward".

Additionally, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle anticipate a declaration would be promptly challenged in court, and be held up in the legal system. Senators reintroduced that legislation this week in hopes it could pass in the House this congressional session. "It simply states that the United States should not withdraw until political resolutions are in place".

On Thursday, a majority from the US Senate voted in favour of Mr McConnell's amendment and in rebuking the White House policy.

Speaking on the amendment's language on USA involvement in Afghanistan, libertarian Republican Senator Rand Paul tweeted that "It is ludicrous to call withdrawal after 17 years 'precipitous.'" On the other side of the aisle, Democratic Senators Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Jeff Merkley and Elizabeth Warren all voted no.

In the case of a veto, the bill would return to the Senate where a two-thirds majority vote could override the veto.

At least six GOP Senators are reportedly against declaring a national emergency, but the president could veto a disapproval resolution if one was sent to his desk.

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The result can often seem like a foreign policy in flux, zigzagging from bold pronouncements to more measured actions as "a number of different voices on the Hill are trying to put their imprint on the policy", said Brian Katulis, a former Clinton administration national security adviser now at the Center for American Progress.

It's hard to know if the president's repeated threats to declare an emergency to take the legislature out of the picture to build the wall is bluff or serious.