Pelosi Statement on President Trump’s Afghanistan Speech

Aug 21, 2017
Press Release

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Henry Connelly, 202-226-7616

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after President Trump’s announcement that additional troops will be deployed to Afghanistan:
“Tonight, President Trump announced his decision to put thousands more Americans in harm’s way in Afghanistan. The President’s announcement is in sharp contrast to the statements he made before he was President, including when he tweeted: ‘We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan,’ and, ‘Let's get out!’
“Tonight, the President said he knew what he was getting into and had a plan to go forward.  Clearly, he did not.  The President’s announcement is low on details but raises serious questions.  When President Trump says there will be no ceiling on the number of troops and no timeline for withdrawal, he is declaring an open-ended commitment of American lives with no accountability to the American people. 
“The American people need to know more about the President’s plans and conditions.  To what extent is there a comprehensive strategy, including an exit strategy for finally bringing America’s heroes home?  Congress looks forward to a comprehensive briefing on the troop increase and overall strategy as soon as possible.”

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