[Ed. – It’s not actually unfair or evidence of dysfunction for senior senators of his own party to disagree with POTUS on foreign policy. What is regrettable is the position the Washington establishment has maneuvered Republicans into, with the president under malicious siege from bureaucrats and the media, and GOP senators institutionally resistant to reaching out to him on his terms. Trump may tweet like a jackass from time to time, but there’s not a soul in this situation who can claim to be behaving like the fabled adult in the room.]
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is poised to use a foreign policy bill to break with President Trump, saying on Tuesday that he will offer an amendment that would warn against a “precipitous withdrawal” of troops from either Syria or Afghanistan.
McConnell, speaking from the Senate floor, said his proposal would “acknowledge the plain fact” that al Qaeda, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and their affiliates “pose a serious threat to us here in home.”
“It would recognize the danger of a precipitous withdrawal from either conflict and highlight the need for diplomatic engagement and political solutions to the underlying conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan,” McConnell said.