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.
Time to get out of Syria! Today, I sent a bipartisan letter to @realDonaldTrump agreeing with his decision & urging him to finish withdrawal.Glad @SenMikeLee @RepThomasMassie @RepJeffDuncan @AOC @justinamash @RepRoKhanna @RepGosar & other members joined me https://t.co/lFpt6eeoeB
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) April 3, 2019
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