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 TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' 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 SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer2020 Republicans accuse Schumer of snubbing legislation Schumer: Leadership trying to work out competing surprise medical bill measures Top GOP senator: Drug pricing action unlikely before end of year 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." 
 
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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 Paul Democratic debate at Tyler Perry's could miss the mark with black voters RNC says ex-Trump ambassador nominee's efforts 'to link future contributions to an official action' were 'inappropriate' GOP divided over impeachment trial strategy MORE (R-Ky.).