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Trump Responds to Senate Rebuke on Troop Withdrawals

He defends plan to get US military out of Syria and Afghanistan
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2019 11:55 AM CST

(Newser) – On Thursday, senators sent a clear message to President Trump: They think his plan to pull US troops out of Syria and Afghanistan is dangerously hasty. On Friday, Trump pushed back with a pair of tweets, reports Politico. "I inherited a total mess in Syria and Afghanistan, the 'Endless Wars' of unlimited spending and death," he wrote. He made the case that the US military has hit ISIS and al-Qaeda so successfully that "it is now time to start coming home and, after many years, spending our money wisely."

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In Thursday's bipartisan rebuke, the Senate advanced an amendment warning that drawing down troops in both countries would allow terrorist groups to regroup. "ISIS and al-Qaeda have yet to be defeated," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said before the vote, per the AP. Trump disagrees. "Syria was loaded with ISIS until I came along," he wrote Friday. "We will soon have destroyed 100% of the Caliphate, but will be watching them closely." (After public friction, Trump downplayed disagreements with his intelligence chiefs.)

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