Paul, Lee call on Trump to work with Congress on foreign policy
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GOP Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSecond senator tests positive for coronavirus antibodies Senate Democrats pump brakes on new stimulus checks Tim Kaine tests positive for COVID-19 antibodies MORE (Ky.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump tweets as tensions escalate across US GOP deeply divided over Trump's social media crackdown House punts on FISA, votes to begin negotiations with Senate MORE (Utah) are pushing Donald Trump to work with Congress on foreign policy, including hashing out the incoming president's war powers. 

The two libertarian-leaning GOP senators sent the president-elect a letter stressing that working with lawmakers will be the only way to have "success and stability" on foreign policy. 
"As you begin your administration, we hope that you will work closely with Congress to determine and implement foreign policy and security strategies that have broad support from the American people," the senators wrote.
Trump and GOP senators have frequently been at odds on some national security issues, including waterboarding and the need for Russian sanctions. 
Paul and Lee stressed that military power is divided between Congress and the president under the Constitution so it can be "informed by a long-term vision of American interests ... while remaining flexible enough to respond to threats."
The two GOP senators have also broken with their party on some foreign policy fights. Lee partnered in 2015 with Democratic Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinDemocratic unity starts to crack in coronavirus liability reform fight Stakes high for Collins in coronavirus relief standoff The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Surgeon General stresses need to invest much more in public health infrastructure, during and after COVID-19; Fauci hopeful vaccine could be deployed in December MORE (W.Va.), Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallKey races to watch in Tuesday's primaries DHS watchdog to investigate COVID-19 cases in ICE detention facilities Hispanic Caucus makes major ad buy for New Mexico Democratic candidate for House MORE (N.M.) and Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyMissouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Khanna says President Trump threatening violence against US citizens; Trump terminating relationship with WHO Senators weigh traveling amid coronavirus ahead of Memorial Day MORE (Conn.) to call on President Obama to end the train-and-equip program for Syrian rebels. 
Paul and Lee added in their letter that an uptick in military operations, including a no-fly zone or increasing the number of troops, in the Middle East or northern Africa should only take place after "formal authorization by Congress."
"We further believe that you should work closely with Congress to review, reform or repeal the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs," they added. 
Their push for Trump to pass a new authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) puts them at odds with Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTrump asserts his power over Republicans Romney is only GOP senator not on new White House coronavirus task force McConnell, Romney vie for influence over Trump's trial MORE (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, which would oversee any new proposal.
Corker has repeatedly said he doesn't believe a new war bill is needed. He told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor event earlier this month that a new AUMF "wouldn't be my first request" for the Trump administration. 
Despite bipartisan support for a new war bill, lawmakers in both parties have been locked in a yearslong policy and political stalemate.
Paul and Lee also criticized Obama's foreign policy, arguing it was "shaped by titanic shifts away from the post-Cold War status quo" including increasingly aggressive moves from Russia and China.