Senate to be briefed on Trump Syria policy

Senate to be briefed on Trump Syria policy
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The Senate will get a briefing on President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE's Syria strategy on Wednesday, according to Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' 3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packing Cruz blocks amended resolution honoring Ginsburg over language about her dying wish MORE (D-N.Y.). 
 
 
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"Finally, after we pushed for two weeks, we are getting a briefing tomorrow. Secretary Esper, Gen. Milley and others will be there," Schumer told reporters.
 
In addition to Milley and Esper, a senior Senate official said that Gen. "Frank" McKenzie, who oversees U.S. Central Command, acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph MaguireJoseph MaguireCongressional Democrats request FBI briefing on foreign election interference efforts Wells Fargo told employees to delete TikTok from work phones Hillicon Valley: Pompeo floats TikTok ban | Civil rights groups slam Facebook after call | Election security funding included in proposal MORE and James Jeffrey, Trump's Syria envoy, will also be at the briefing.
 
 
The briefing comes weeks after Trump announced that he was pulling back U.S. troops from northern Syria, paving the way for Turkey's military invasion. 
 
Esper said last week that the Pentagon was sending armored vehicles into Syria to defend oil fields. Trump also announced on Sunday that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, had been killed in a raid over the weekend. Both are likely to be raised during Wednesday's closed-door briefing. 
 
"We want to know a plan," Schumer said. "For the sake of our national security, for the sake of the safety of our dear homeland, President Trump and his administration needs to answer the questions, what's the plan? What's the strategy." 
 
The meeting comes after senators initially expected to be briefed earlier this month. But both full House and full Senate briefing were canceled, with the administration meeting with the House Armed Services Committee and Senate Armed Services Committee instead. 
 
 
Updated: 4:55 p.m.