Frustrated Republicans say it’s time for the Senate to reclaim more power over foreign policy and are planning to move a measure Thursday that would be a stunning rebuke to a president of their own party.
GOP lawmakers are deeply concerned over President Trump’s reluctance to listen to his senior military and intelligence advisers, fearing it could erode national security. They say the Senate has lost too much of its constitutional power over shaping the nation’s foreign policy and argue that it’s time to begin clawing some of it back.
“Power over foreign policy has shifted to the executive branch over the last 30 years. Many of us in the Senate want to start taking it back,” said a Republican senator closely allied with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
They plan to send Trump a stern admonishment by voting Thursday afternoon on an amendment sponsored by McConnell warning “the precipitous withdrawal” of U.S. forces from Syria and Afghanistan “could put at risk hard-won gains and United States national security.”
The resolution also expresses a sense of the Senate that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al Qaeda pose a “continuing threat to the homeland and our allies” and maintain an “ability to operate in Syria and Afghanistan.”
It’s a pointed rebuttal to the claim Trump made on Twitter in December that “we have defeated ISIS in Syria.”
We will see if this happens.
But Trump really seems to be isolating himself with policies which appeal to nobody (except perhaps Russia). He even has been taking to attacking and undermining his own intelligence agencies.
Pro tip: If you think your own intelligence advisers should go “back to school”, perhaps you yourself should know the difference between “there” and “their”.
….I would suggest you read the COMPLETE testimony from Tuesday. A false narrative is so bad for our Country. I value our intelligence community. Happily, we had a very good meeting, and we are all on the same page!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 31, 2019
Everyone saw the testimony live. It’s been taped. What happened was, they all testified that they disagree with Trump, Trump got pissed when he read about this in the news, they came in and said, “Oh no man. We agree with YOU!” and Trump tweeted this out.
Trump just said we didn’t see and hear what we saw and heard his own Intelligence Chiefs tell Congress yesterday. This is what tyrants do. They try to get us to believe them over our own eyes and ears. This is the time to tell him to shove it.— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) January 31, 2019
JUST IN: Pres. Trump just told reporters that his intelligence chiefs told him their Senate testimony on global threats were "totally misquoted" and "taken out of context" — despite that testimony airing live on TV. https://t.co/yxejVrJSPs #11MSNBC #11thHour pic.twitter.com/nIkY7dVQxW— 11th Hour (@11thHour) January 31, 2019
Speaking of the intelligence community, the FBI recommended against giving Jared Kushner a security clearance. You know, because he’s an untrustworthy weasel. Trump overruled the FBI and gave him clearance anyway. Hope the House investigates how the White House gives clearances.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) January 31, 2019
Of course they did. They grovelled for their jobs. Come on, Donald. This is your signature move: say what you need to in each room.— Alexandra Erin (@alexandraerin) January 31, 2019
To Congress, who can hold them accountable for lying, they told the truth.
To you, who would punish them for telling the truth, they lied. pic.twitter.com/VgE4IC2vYC