The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 17-4 for the Taylor Force Act, named after an American military veteran stabbed by a Palestinian in Israel.
Despite the military and neoconservatives sharing hostility toward certain states, they don’t always see eye to eye, especially in terms of garnering multilateral support.
“Assad was warned, repeatedly, by the US and the UN that the intentional targeting of innocent men, women and children is intolerable.” said Ed Royce, chairman, House foreign affairs.
The Trump administration’s view is a departure from Obama’s stance and at odds with European powers, who insist Bashar al-Assad must step down.
Republican senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, both influential foreign policy hawks, have questioned Devin Nunes’ actions.
The top US diplomat addressed a meeting of 68 countries and organisations but did not make clear where these safe zones were to be set up.
Under US law, presidents cannot direct wiretapping. The federal government can ask a court to authorise the action, but it must provide a justification.
Iranian foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif says that Iran does not respond well to sanctions or threats as tensions rise between Tehran and Washington.
The speaker had criticised the Republican candidate several times, including Trump’s proposal in December to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the US because of national security concerns.
The White House said President Barack Obama plans to veto the bill.
The United States is a year and a half away from an actual vote for the next US president but the field of contenders is already so crowded you need a map to navigate the faces