McMaster: Trump Plan to Withdraw from Afghanistan 'Abhorrent'

McMaster: Trump Plan to Withdraw from Afghanistan 'Abhorrent'


President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser H.R. McMaster on Sunday broadcast of CBS’s “Face the Nation” called Trump’s plan to withdraw from Afghanistan is “abhorrent.”

Partial transcript as follows:

MARGARET BRENNAN: Afghanistan. I know you feel strongly about the conflict there and our troops who continue to serve. This week, President Trump halved the number of U.S. troop presence from 4,500 down to 2,500 by mid-January, even though violence is spiking, even though the Taliban has not cut ties with al-Qaeda. Is the president handing the Taliban a victory on the way out the door?

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MCMASTER: Yes, MARGARET. In fact, what I think President Trump has done is paradoxically doubled down on all the flaws of the Obama administration approach to Afghanistan by conjuring up the enemy we would prefer, instead of the actual enemy that we are facing in Afghanistan. An enemy that- that- who- if they

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