In this Jan. 22, 2019, photo, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., left, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., speak to the media after their meeting with President Donald Trump about Venezuela, at the White House in Washington. Two years into President Donald Trump’s administration, the president’s allies in Congress are quietly trying to influence and even reshape his “America First” foreign policy agenda. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Senate reasserts foreign policy role, influence Trump agenda

February 02, 2019 - 10:05 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two years into Donald Trump's presidency, his allies in Congress are quietly trying to influence and even reshape his "America First" foreign policy agenda.

The Republican-led Senate is reasserting itself as a check on Trump's instincts. And individual lawmakers are seeking sway. It's the GOP's defense hawks vying with noninterventionists over policy in the Middle East, Latin America and beyond.

The Senate's first bill of the new year reaffirms sanctions on Syrian officials involved in war crimes. And it soon will include an amendment pushing back on Trump's plan to withdraw troops from Syria and Afghanistan.

Some say it's time for Congress to reassert its role in foreign policy.

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