McConnell warns against early withdrawal of Afghan troops

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Trump is soon expected to announce further reductions of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that is drawing criticism from Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell addressed the topic on the Senate floor on Monday,

In his remarks, Kentucky’s senior senator avoided criticizing the president, and he credited Trump for strengthening the military and America’s standing in the world. But he said those gains would be undone by a premature withdrawal from Afghanistan.

“There is no American who does not wish the war in Afghanistan against terrorists and their enablers had already been conclusively won. But that does not change the actual choice before us now,” McConnell said. “A rapid withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan now would hurt our allies and delight the people who wish us harm. Violence affecting Afghans is still rampant. The Taliban is not abiding by the conditions of the so-called peace deal.

McConnell said leaders on both sides of the aisle are opposed to drastic troop reductions at this time.