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Rand Paul Teams up with Liberals to Press Trump on Syria

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is teaming up with liberal House Democrats, including freshmen Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) and Ilhan Omar (Minn.), to urge President Trump to follow through on his pledge to pull U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan, a move that’s opposed by most congressional Republicans.

“We write in bipartisan support of your announcement of the start of a ‘deliberate withdrawal’ of U.S. military forces in Syria, and we welcome the completion of this process within the next six months,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Trump.

Others who signed the letter occupy opposite ends of the political spectrum on Capitol Hill: Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Reps. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.).

They argue that the 2015 deployment of U.S. military forces to Syria was never approved by Congress, in violation of the Constitution and the 1973 War Powers Resolution.

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