Senate Democrats to hold caucus meeting Wednesday with ex-ISIS envoy

Senate Democrats to hold caucus meeting Wednesday with ex-ISIS envoy
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Senate Democrats will hold a special caucus meeting on Wednesday with President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE's former ISIS envoy as lawmakers weigh how to respond to the administration's Syria strategy. 
"Democrats are set to meet with Brett McGurk, the former presidential envoy in charge of countering ISIS, at a special caucus meeting Wednesday. So we can try to come up with some answers even though it should be the administration doing that," Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerNew York City subway service could be slashed 40 percent, officials warn Biden congratulates Pelosi on Speaker nomination Senate Democrats introduce bill to shore up PPE supply MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Tuesday. 
He added that Democrats would "try to learn as much as possible from the experts available to us." 
McGurk, the former envoy in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), announced late last year that he was resigning from the administration over Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syra. Trump subsequently reversed his decision. 
McGurk has emerged as a vocal critic of Trump's decision earlier this month to pull back troops from northern Syria, paving the way for Turkey's military invasion. 
"Donald Trump is not a Commander-in-Chief. He makes impulsive decisions with no knowledge or deliberation," he said in a tweet shortly after the White House announced the decision. 
The Senate Democratic caucus's closed door meeting with McGurk comes after Schumer vented frustration on Tuesday about the inability for the Senate to get an all-members briefing with current officials. That had been expected to take place last week but was abruptly cancelled. 
"We have asked to have Secretary Pompeo, Secretary Esper, Director Haspel come before us. They’ve cancelled again today, because they don’t have a plan," Schumer said from the Senate floor.
Trump's decision to pull back U.S. troops from northern Syria sparked widespread bipartisan backlash on Capitol Hill. 
But lawmakers have struggled to coalesce behind a legislative response in the roughly two weeks since the decision. 

 "The American people should be very concerned that the Trump administration does not seem to have any plan to secure the enduring defeat of ISIS in Syria," Schumer said.

"So it is still very important for the Senate to pass the House resolution condemning the president’s decision to precipitously withdraw from northern Syria," he added.

Schumer tried to set up a vote on the House-passed resolution on Tuesday but was blocked for a second time by Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulLoeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus Overnight Defense: Formal negotiations inch forward on defense bill with Confederate base name language | Senators look to block B UAE arms sales | Trump administration imposes Iran sanctions over human rights abuses MORE (R-Ky.).