AL lawmakers respond to Trump's Afghan war strategy speech

Published: Aug. 22, 2017 at 1:14 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 22, 2017 at 4:34 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama representatives are responding to President Donald Trump's Afghan war speech made Monday night. During the speech, Trump said that the U.S. would not be pulling out of Afghanistan.

Rep. Martha Roby:

"The president's decision on Afghanistan was not an easy one, but it is the right one. I appreciate the president laying out a thorough vision for a new way forward in Afghanistan, while not giving it away our strategy to the enemy. Our goal should be to keep our country safe by eliminating safe havens for terrorism, and the president made that clear tonight. As a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, I stand ready to ensure our men and women in uniform have all the tools and resources they need to defeat the enemy."

Rep. Teri Sewell:

"The American people deserve to know what the President's comprehensive strategy is in Afghanistan, where we've been at war for sixteen years and lost thousands of American lives. I had hoped the President would provide that clarity last night, complete with clear objectives about how we will abolish Afghanistan's role as a terrorist sanctuary and enhance regional stability and security. I was disappointed to hear a speech more heavy on rhetoric than detail and strategy. Rhetoric alone doesn't eradicate terrorism. We need the President to provide the American people with clarity about this Administration's strategy in the Middle East. I certainly hope the Administration will provide Congress with more details in the coming days."

Rep. Mike Rogers:

"I strongly support President Trump's new strategy toward Afghanistan and Southwest Asia. Placing our interests first through a policy of principled realism with no artificial timetables and putting our military leaders in control, will give us the best opportunity to destroy terrorist networks and deny them safe haven. Now Congress must deal swiftly with the NDAA and defense budget to ensure our brave troops have the resources to execute this new strategy."

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