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Sen. Bob Corker: McMaster Will Brief Senate Panel on ISIS

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By    |   Tuesday, 09 May 2017 04:35 PM

President Donald Trump's national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, will reportedly brief the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the administration's counter-ISIS strategy Wednesday.

The panel's chairman, Tennessee GOP Sen. Bob Corker, divulged the off-the-record meeting to reporters Tuesday, Defense News reported.

"I'd just like to see it, I know there was a 30-day review, but we haven't seen any evidence of any documents that were produced," Corker said of ISIS strategy, Defense News reported.

"We know they've been focused on Iraq and Syria, and we have really good sense of where that's going. What we haven't seen is the overall ISIS strategy, and it's time that we see that."

"McMaster is coming into our committee tomorrow to have an off-the-record discussion, and that's one of the things we'll be talking to him about," Corker said, adding: "It will be a wide-ranging discussion and (ISIS) will be one of the things asked about."

Defense News noted the 2017 federal spending bill withholds $2.5 billion of wartime funding in exchange for the counter-ISIS strategy – and requires the Trump administration to update Congress on the Islamic State fight every 90 days. It also calls for Trump to provide a strategy for Syria.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee's top Democrat, Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, says such a strategy is pivotal to talks about a new authorization of the use of military force, or AUMF.

"Congress would like to be more engaged on an updated AUMF, and without knowing their strategy for fighting ISIS, its tough for us to respond," Cardin said, Defense News reported.

In February Defense Secretary Jim Mattis presented the White House with a classified plan to defeat ISIS, Military.com reported at the time, telling Congress in March the "skeleton plan" includes "economic, diplomatic, military, covert means."

At the time, he said the plan would be done "in the next couple of months, if that long," the Washington Examiner reported.

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President Donald Trump's national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, will reportedly brief the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the administration's counter-ISIS strategy Wednesday.
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