Paul, Lee call on Trump to work with Congress on foreign policy
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GOP Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGeorgia governor says he didn't know asymptomatic people could spread coronavirus McConnell: Impeachment distracted government from coronavirus threat Warren knocks McConnell for forcing in-person Senate vote amid coronavirus pandemic MORE (Ky.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeJustice IG pours fuel on looming fight over FISA court Senator Tom Coburn's government oversight legacy Trump on Romney's negative coronavirus test: 'I am so happy I can barely speak' MORE (Utah) are pushing Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen Barr tells prosecutors to consider coronavirus risk when determining bail: report MORE 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. 
 
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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) ManchinPoliticians mourn the death of Bill Withers Pressure mounts for national parks closure amid coronavirus White House, Senate reach deal on trillion stimulus package MORE (W.Va.), Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallDemocrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus Democratic senators ask Pompeo to provide coronavirus aid to Palestinian territories Democrats press Pompeo to help Americans stranded abroad amid coronavirus MORE (N.M.) and Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDemocrats seize on Trump's firing of intelligence community watchdog Testing struggles emerge as key hurdle to reopening country Democratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers 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 CorkerMcConnell, Romney vie for influence over Trump's trial RNC says ex-Trump ambassador nominee's efforts 'to link future contributions to an official action' were 'inappropriate' Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight 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.