In a sign of a growing rift between President Donald Trump and members of his own party, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Thursday morning that he doesn’t think a House resolution condemning Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria is strong enough.
According to The Hill, McConnell announced on the Senate floor:
“I believe it’s important that we make a strong forward-looking strategic statement. For that reason my preference would be for something even stronger than the resolution that the House passed yesterday which has some serious weaknesses.”
Laura Litvan of Bloomberg reported that McConnell believes the House resolution “is curiously silent on the issue of whether to actually to sustain a U.S. military presence in Syria.”
McConnell says that the House resolution’s weaknesses include that it is `curiously silent on the issue of whether to actually to sustain a U.S. military presence in Syria’
— Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) October 17, 2019
The House resolution passed overwhelmingly by a vote of 354-60 vote, with many Republicans joining their Democratic colleagues to offer a serious slap at the president’s foreign policy in the Middle East.
Bipartisanship also seems to be the order of the day in the Senate, too, when it comes to the Syria issue.
Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) are are reportedly ready to offer a sanctions bill which would target Turkey’s energy sector and military.
But Senate Democrats urged fast action on the Syria resolution, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) noting shortly after McConnell spoke Thursday morning:
“The vast majority of House Republicans, 129 to be exact, condemned the president’s decision on Syria. We can quibble about the language, but I have no doubt we can agree on the basic message. We can vote on the Senate resolution today. Time is of the essence.”
For his part, Trump continues to defend his pullout of troops, tweeting:
I am the only person who can fight for the safety of our troops & bring them home from the ridiculous & costly Endless Wars, and be scorned. Democrats always liked that position, until I took it. Democrats always liked Walls, until I built them. Do you see what’s happening here?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2019
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