McConnell Criticizes Afghan Pullout Plan

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell criticized a reported plan to reduce American troops in Afghanistan.

He said the United States is playing a limited but important role there against terrorists.

“A rapid withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan now would hurt our allies and delight, delight the people who wish us harm.”

McConnell raised concerns the withdrawal would create a power vacuum.

McConnell says President Trump deserves “major credit” for reducing U.S. forces in Afghanistan, scoring victories, and making sure Afghans are at the “front of the fight.”

“That same successful approach should continue until the conditions for long term defeat of ISIS and al-Qaeda have been achieved.”

Last month, President Trump tweeted, “We should have the small remaining number of our BRAVE Men and Women serving in Afghanistan home by Christmas!”