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 TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE's Syria strategy on Wednesday, according to Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law | Michigan governor seeks to pause Medicaid work requirements | New front in fight over Medicaid block grants House, Senate Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law Why a second Trump term and a Democratic Congress could be a nightmare scenario for the GOP 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.
 
 
 
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.