Durbin and Toomey call out Trump for troop withdrawal; Mattis resignation

Two senior lawmakers – one a Republican, the other a Democrat – condemned President Trump’s announced withdrawal of troops from Syria and Afghanistan and bemoaned the departure of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis from the White House mp3 for 7080 songs.

Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., both disagreed with Trump’s move to withdraw troops from the Middle East, with the former saying that Trump’s views are not in line with those of Republicans in the Senate 킹콩티비 다운로드.

“I don’t think the president shares that view nearly to the extent that the rest of us do,” Toomey said. “I think senators need to step up and reassert a bigger role for the Senate in defining our foreign policy.”

For his part, Durbin said that he personally beseeched Mattis not to depart from his post as defense secretary, arguing that the longtime military man was a voice of reason within the White House on matters relating to the armed forces and national security 최대 활성 다운로드.

“I was one of many senators who privately sat down with General Mattis and said ‘please stay, stay as long as you possibly can; we desperately need your mature voice, your patriotism in the room when the president is making life-or-death decisions about national security,” Durbin said on the Sunday morning talk show 스카이림 넥서스 다운로드.

The Illinois lawmaker added that the relationship between Mattis and Trump had “obviously reached a breaking point.”

Trump announced Sunday that Defense Secretary James Mattis will be leaving the administration on January 1, weeks earlier than planned and just days after Mattis’ bombshell resignation letter made clear his policy disagreements with the White House 액티브 x 다운로드.

“I am pleased to announce that our very talented Deputy Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan, will assume the title of Acting Secretary of Defense starting January 1, 2019,” Trump wrote on Twitter Sunday morning 무한 도전 비빔밥 광고 다운로드. “Patrick has a long list of accomplishments while serving as Deputy, & previously Boeing. He will be great!”

In his resignation letter Thursday, Mattis, 68, had said he would remain in his role for more than three months hp 노트북 드라이버 다운로드. Also on Thursday, Trump had said Mattis — the first Cabinet official in 40 years to resign over a policy difference with the president — was leaving in February 고양체 다운로드.

It was not immediately clear why Mattis’ departure date was apparently moved up, but tension in the Defense Department has skyrocketed since his sudden resignation 픽슬러 다운로드. Sources told Fox News this week that Mattis’ resignation was “in protest” over the president’s national security policies and that more resignations could be coming 실버라이닝 플레이북 다운로드.

The news that Mattis will be leaving sooner than expected comes just days after Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy for the global coalition to defeat Islamic State (ISIS), on Saturday accelerated his planned departure and announced his resignation.

The Associated Press reported that McGurk said in a resignation letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that ISIS was on the run, but wasn’t yet defeated and that U.S. work in Syria wasn’t yet done. Fox News has confirmed that McGurk submitted his resignation letter on Friday, a day after Mattis resigned. McGurk’s resignation is effective December 31.

Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin, Gregg Re and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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