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Inside the room: Trump losing patience with Afghanistan war

Sen. RAnd Paul standing next to DOnald Trump
Sen. Rand Paul and President Donald Trump. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said after leaving a White House meeting yesterday that not only is President Trump "following through with his Syria policy, I really think there will be changes in Afghanistan, as well."

Between the lines: Trump at times has vented frustration and regret that he allowed his national security team to talk him into a plan — which ran against his own instincts — to keep, and even boost, American forces in Afghanistan.

What we're watching: Congress reacts to the Saudis' Khashoggi story

Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) called for Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States to be expelled from Washington "until there is a completion of a third-party investigation" into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The big picture: Republican and Democratic members of Congress appeared to largely be on the same page during Sunday's morning talk shows, agreeing that the Saudi explanation for Khashoggi's death was not satisfactory. They differed in what they believe the U.S. government should do in response, with some echoing Durbin's demands for harsh retaliation and others stressing the delicacy of the situation due to Saudi Arabia's importance as a strategic ally.

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