Paul, Lee call on Trump to work with Congress on foreign policy
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GOP Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRepublicans need solutions on environment too Trio of NFL players intern on Capitol Hill as part of league program Trump keeps tight grip on GOP MORE (Ky.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeStop asking parents to sacrifice Social Security benefits for paid family leave The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over New Zealand coverage GOP moves to rein in president's emergency powers MORE (Utah) are pushing Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral 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) ManchinManchin says he won't support LGBTQ protection bill as written Senators offer bipartisan bill to fix 'retail glitch' in GOP tax law Murkowski, Manchin call for 'responsible solutions' to climate change MORE (W.Va.), Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallOvernight Energy: DC moves closer to climate lawsuit against Exxon | Dems call for ethics investigation into Interior officials | Inslee doubles down on climate in 2020 bid Dem lawmakers call for investigation into Interior officials over alleged ethics violations The Hill's 12:30 Report: Manafort sentenced to total of 7.5 years in prison MORE (N.M.) and Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyThe fear of colorectal cancer as a springboard for change Dems shift strategy for securing gun violence research funds The Hill's 12:30 Report: O'Rourke jumps into 2020 fray 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 keeps tight grip on GOP Brexit and exit: A transatlantic comparison Sasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger 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.