Congressman Massie disagress with Trump, calls for withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan

08/25/2017 01:04 PM

LOUISVILLE – As President Donald Trump seeks to extend the longest war in U.S. history, Kentucky U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie is calling on the Commander-in-Chief to follow his campaign promises.

On Monday, Trump told the nation he would continue the war in Afghanistan, but would not be nation building. Trump did not say how many more troops would be sent to the country, but many say up to 4,000 more troops could be called on to serve.

“We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities,” Trump said on Monday. “Conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables, will guide our strategy from now on. America’s enemies must never know our plans or believe they can wait us out.”

There are currently about 8,400 troops on the ground in Afghanistan.

On Thursday, Massie, R-Vanceburg, told Pure Politics at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast that he “was disappointed” after Trump announced he would be expanding the war in Afghanistan.

“One of the President’s campaign promises was to put America first and have us less involved with policing the world, so I was disappointed when he announced that we were going to expand our involvement in Afghanistan,” Massie said, calling on a withdraw of troops.

Massie said the American people should be focused on the Afghan war and not on relitigating the Civil War via a discussion on Civil War monuments.

“Here in Kentucky most of my constituents feel like all of the hubbub about the monuments is sort of a distraction from the things we should be doing, and I agree with them I call them weapons of mass distraction… frankly I think we should be paying more attention to the Afghan War than the Civil War,” he said. “I mean Black and White soldiers are going to die there over the next year — Americans — and here we are arguing about a war that happened a century and a half ago.”


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