McConnell introduces resolution urging Trump to rethink Syria decision

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Progressive veterans group launches campaign labeling Trump as a 'national security threat' GOP senators plan to tune out impeachment week MORE (R-Ky.) and other top Republicans on Tuesday introduced a resolution warning the Trump administration against withdrawing U.S. troops from northern Syria.

The measure, according to McConnell, is backed by Republican Sens. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeEleven GOP senators sign open letter backing Sessions's comeback bid Overnight Defense: Pentagon says Syrian oil revenue going to Kurdish forces | GOP chair accuses Dems of using Space Force as leverage in wall fight | Dems drop plans to seek Bolton testimony GOP senator: House Democrats using Space Force as leverage in border wall fight MORE (Okla.), Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrGOP senator wants to know whistleblower identity if there's an impeachment trial Senate Intel chair doesn't want whistleblower's identity disclosed Graham wants Senate panel to probe State Department over Bidens MORE (N.C.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamImpeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Graham on the impeachment inquiry: 'I made my mind up. There's nothing there' Rand Paul says Trump has 'every right' to withhold Ukraine aid over corruption MORE (S.C.) and Jim RischJames (Jim) Elroy RischTrump encounters GOP resistance to investigating Hunter Biden Graham: Schiff comment on inquiry findings 'full of crap' Senate Republicans struggle to coalesce behind an impeachment strategy MORE (Idaho) — the chairmen of the Armed Services, Intelligence, Judiciary and Foreign Relations committees, respectively.

"Withdrawing from Syria will invite more of the chaos that breeds terrorism and creates a vacuum our adversaries will certainly fill,” McConnell said from the Senate floor.

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The resolution calls on President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE to halt the pullback of U.S. forces and warns that a “precipitous withdrawal” would “create vacuums.” It also urges Trump to rescind his invitation for the Turkish president to visit the White House next month and opposes Turkey’s military action.

"The Senate needs to speak up. We cannot effectively support our partners on the ground without a military presence,” McConnell said.

The Senate GOP resolution comes after the House passed its own resolution last week, with only 60 lawmakers voting against the measure.

McConnell has argued he wants something “stronger,” a sign that the House resolution is unlikely to move in the Senate.

"Unfortunately, the resolution crafted by House Democrats is simply not sufficient. It's not so much wrong as it is badly insufficient,” the Kentucky Republican said Tuesday.

Lawmakers have introduced several pieces of legislation as they weigh how to counter Trump’s drawdown in northern Syria and Turkey’s subsequent invasion.

McConnell on Tuesday didn’t fully close the door to passing sanctions legislation but warned his colleagues to proceed with caution.

“I’m aware there is some appetite on both sides of the aisle to quickly reach for the toolbox of sanctions ... but I caution us against developing a reflex to use sanctions as our tool of first, last and only resort,” McConnell said.