Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, on Monday evening praised President Trump for “taking a big step in the right direction” after he addressed the nation on the future of Afghanistan policy.
“I commend President Trump for taking a big step in the right direction with the new strategy for Afghanistan,” Mccain said in a Statement. “The unfortunate truth is that this strategy is long overdue, and in the interim, the Taliban have made dangerous inroads. Nevertheless, I believe the President is now moving us well beyond the prior administration’s failed strategy of merely postponing defeat.”
On Monday event Trump said, while he initially wanted to withdraw from the country, the President said withdrawing now would be “predictable and unacceptable.”
Trump, continuing a campaign tactic, would not say how many more troops he planned to send to Afghanistan.
“We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plan for further military activities,” he said at Fort Meyer in Arlington, VA. “Conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables, will guide our strategy for now on. … I will not say when we are going to attack, but attack we will.”
In his statement, McCain said Trump must now “conduct himself as a wartime commander-in-chief.”
“He must speak regularly to the American people, and to those waging this war on their behalf, about why we are fighting, why the additional sacrifices are worth it, and how we will succeed,” McCain said.
The Arizona Senator added that Congress must do their job and said he would hold an Armed Services Committee hearing on Afghan strategy in September.
“Congress has a role to play in sending America’s young men and women into harm’s way, and we intend to exercise that responsibility,” he said. “The road ahead will not be easy, but America and the world cannot afford an Afghanistan that is under control of the Taliban and other terrorist organizations.”