Thursday, March 02, 2017

McCain pushes Trump on Afghanistan - Tony Bertuca

President Trump made no mention of Afghanistan during his speech before Congress Tuesday night, but Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) is urging him to address the security situation there.

"The security situation in Afghanistan demands the urgent attention of President Trump and his administration," McCain said in a statement. "Make no mistake: Afghans are fighting ferociously to defend their own country from our common enemies. But we must also recognize that America is still at war in Afghanistan against the terrorist enemies that attacked our nation on September 11th."

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is in the midst of crafting a fiscal year 2017 defense supplemental funding request, as well as an FY-18 defense budget. Both are expected to reflect Trump's view that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is the most serious threat to U.S. security.

McCain said Trump should treat Afghanistan with the "same urgency" as the fight against ISIS.

"President Trump has the opportunity to turn the page and finally give our commanders the resources and authorities they need to seize the initiative and take the fight to our enemies. I urge him to do so immediately," McCain said. - Read More


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