Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he opposes President Trump’s apparent plan to begin a total draw-down of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and compared it to ‘the humiliating American departure of Saigon in 1975.”
McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, along with many in the GOP conference, has long voiced opposition for rapid troop withdrawal, which, he said during a floor speech Monday, “would hurt our allies and delight the people who wish us harm,” including Russia and Iran.
McConnell made the remarks after Trump last week fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper, which many viewed as a move to ease troop withdrawal. Esper had sent a classified memo to the White House earlier this month, criticizing the troop withdrawal plan, which would take place despite the failure of the Taliban to reduce violence in the region.
National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said last month the United States would reduce troops in Afghanistan to 2,500 by next year. Trump later