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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez praises Trump foreign policy on Syria

April 3, 2019

Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez found common ground Wednesday, and it involved praising President Trump.

Mr. Paul, a Kentucky Republican, led a letter backing Mr. Trump’s announced withdrawal of U.S. troops from engagement in Syria, and urged him to hold the line against pushback from others in Congress and within his administration who want to prolong the commitment.

Rep. Ro Khanna, a California Democrat, joined him in sending the letter, which was also signed by other lawmakers on the libertarian right and the activist left among them freshman stars Ms. Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.

“The Constitution isn’t partisan,” Mr. Khanna said in a statement announcing the letter.

The lawmakers said President Barack Obama’s decision in 2015 to insert U.S. forces into the Syrian civil war was both illegal and unconstitutional at the time.

They said Mr. Trump’s withdrawal would correct that.

They also urged him to remain engaged diplomatically, though, “to ensure minimal disruption and prevent needless loss of life.”

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has been a key figure for Democratic opposition to Mr. Trump, so her signing on to a letter praising him raised eyebrows in Washington.

But the letter underscored the fascinating alliances that have been brokered over the years on U.S. military policy. A similar left-right coalition opposed Mr. Obama’s involvement in Libya, too.