Senate Republicans are offering up mixed, though mostly negative, reactions to President Trump’s order to further draw down troops in Afghanistan and Iraq before leaving office.
Speaking on the Senate floor Monday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) praised the Trump administration’s handling of relations in the Middle East while warning that this effort would be a mistake.
“A rapid withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan now would hurt our allies and delight the people who wish us harm. Violence affecting Afghans is still rampant. The Taliban is not abiding by the conditions of the so-called peace deal,” the Kentucky Republican warned.
“The consequences of a premature American exit would likely be even worse than President Obama’s withdrawal from Iraq in 2011, which fueled the rise of ISIS and a new round of global terrorism. It would be reminiscent of the humiliating American departure from Saigon in 1975,” he continued.
McConnell also noted that while support for withdrawing troops is