Sen. Chuck HagelChuck HagelLobbying World The US just attacked Syria. So where's Congress? Senators tear into Marines on nude photo scandal MORE (R-Neb.) stressed that the United States should start "unwinding" its military presence in Iraq to allow the country to determine its own future.

Hagel, who visited Iraq this week with Barack ObamaBarack ObamaOvernight Cybersecurity: Trump tweetstorm on Russia probe | White House reportedly pushing to weaken sanctions bill | Podesta to testify before House Intel OPINION: Trump’s bluff: Perfectly legal Overnight Regulation: Senate Banking panel huddles with regulators on bank relief | FCC proposes 2M fine on robocaller | Yellowstone grizzly loses endangered protection MORE and Sen. Jack ReedJack Reed3 tips for President Trump before he outsources his duties to Mattis McCain threatens to block Trump's deputy Defense nominee Sessions sequel falls flat following Comey drama MORE (D-R.I.), said that the trip reinforced his belief that Iraqis understand that they'll be in charge of their country.

"And it is now time for the United States to start accepting the sovereignty of that country in ways that are real," said Hagel during a news conference in Jordan. "And that means for us to responsibly start unwinding our military presence. We have interests in Iraq. We will have interests in Iraq. But, listening to the Iraqi people and their leadership, and where they think they can go and want to go, and need to go, to build a nation that is not only sovereign and independent, but a nation that can govern itself, defend itself, and support itself."

Hagel made his remarks in Amman before introducing Obama. Both senators have supported a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq.