McConnell introduces resolution urging Trump to rethink Syria decision

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPublic awareness campaigns will protect the public during COVID-19 Democrats: A moment in history, use it wisely 'Comrade' Trump gets 'endorsement' from Putin in new mock ad by Lincoln Project 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 InhofeRepublicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names Senate rejects Paul proposal on withdrawing troops from Afghanistan Liberal veterans group urges Biden to name Duckworth VP MORE (Okla.), Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrBiden campaign adds staff in three battleground states Exclusive investigation on the coronavirus pandemic: Where was Congress? Trump asserts his power over Republicans MORE (N.C.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamJaime Harrison seeks to convince Democrats he can take down Lindsey Graham Hillicon Valley: Senate panel advances bill targeting online child sexual abuse | Trump administration awards tech group contract to build 'virtual' wall | Advocacy groups urge Congress to ban facial recognition technologies Senate panel advances bill targeting online child sexual abuse MORE (S.C.) and Jim RischJames (Jim) Elroy RischRepublicans start bracing for shutdown fight in run-up to election GOP's Obama-era probes fuel Senate angst Democrat Paulette Jordan to face incumbent Jim Risch in Idaho Senate race 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 TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address 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.