Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) Sunday praised President Trump for doing “exactly what he promised” by withdrawing US troops from Syria, and derided the “armchair generals” in Washington who “want to keep us at war forever.”
In an TV interview Senator Paul said he’s “very proud” of President Trump’s determination to get US troops out of the Middle East.
“This is exactly what he promised … I think people believe that we’ve been at war too long and too many places and that we do need to turn attention to problems we have at home,” he said.
In a separate interview Senator Paul lauded the draw-down in Afghanistan saying savings from that could be the source of Wall funding that has hamstrung Congress, and brought on a partial government shutdown.
“It’s only the people in Washington, the armchair generals, that want to keep us at war forever and Americans are tired of it,” Senator Paul asserted. “We want that money here at home and we want to create jobs, roads, bridges here at home, not in Afghanistan.”
Senator Paul said he will not vote for funding for building a Wall on the southern border unless there’s “cuts somewhere,” but that an easier solution would be to use what he said would be $50-B in savings by bringing home US troops in Afghanistan.
“I think we should have declared victory in Afghanistan years ago, I think we should come home and of that $50-B in savings we would have enough for a border Wall and security,” he said.
“The Taliban are going to wait us out they know we will eventually leave and leave we must,” he added. “I don’t think we have enough money to be paying to build and rebuild Afghanistan. The President’s right, I think the people agree with him, let’s rebuild America. Let’s spend that money here at home.”
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