In an action that was inconceivable before the 2018 election, Republican Senators voted unanimously today, along about half the Democratic caucus, to oppose Trump administration plans to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan and Syria.
The amendment was drafted by Mitch McConnell – so this was not some rump action from an obscure party of the Republican caucus.
This demonstrates the rough political patch Trump has steered himself into with the government shutdown and his continued promotion of the unpopular border wall plan, driving his approval ratings to points as low as they have been in his Presidency. Senate Republicans, who face a very difficult electoral map in November 2020 (the mirror opposite of the easy pickings they had this past November) and seeing their own poll ratings sag, find themselves putting some space between themselves the President they supported wholeheartedly during his first two years in office.
From a Trump supporter perspective, this probably is just the establishment showing their disdain for the upstart Trump, reaffirming that Trump really was the right main to shake things up in Washington.
I find it funny that when Trump announced the Syrian withdrawal and some people on this forum (myself included) questioned his wisdom, Trump supporters accused us of supporting endless war. The 23 votes against military continuation all came from Democrats.
My question is, does it matter to the Trump presidency that if along with a Democratic House elected on the promise of counterbalancing the Trump presidency, he now faces a Republican Senate that is willing to publicly question him? One senses that to keep the Republicans on his side, Trump would need to make some compromises: on military isolationism; on deferring the wall (no shutdown; an how can he declare a National Emergency when the intelligence services see no threat at all). Should Trump compromise with his own party or is he better off going it alone (of with just his advisors on FOX News at his side)?