Sen. Rand Paul Backs Trump on Syria, Afghanistan: “We Must Stop Our Endless Wars”

CNS News | 2/7/2019 | Staff
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( -- Following the State of the Union address, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) praised President Donald Trump’s call for withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan and Syria, a position that puts him at odds with fellow Senate Republicans.

In his speech, Trump pointed to the human and financial costs of the U.S. military interventions in the Middle East. “In Afghanistan and Iraq, nearly 7,000 American heroes have given their lives,” he said. “More than 52,000 Americans have been badly wounded. We have spent more than $7 trillion in the Middle East.”

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The president argued that it was time for the United States to reconsider its involvement in these conflicts. “Great nations do not fight endless wars,” Trump told members of Congress.

Trump’s remarks earned him praise from Senator Paul. Writing on Twitter, the Kentucky Republican stated, “I applaud @realdonaldtrump for delivering an America First vision which included getting out of Afghanistan after almost two decades of being at war. We must stop our endless wars and focus on rebuilding at home.”

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Senator Paul’s enthusiasm for the president’s policy shift on Syria and Afghanistan is not shared by most of his Senate colleagues, especially on the Republican side. Just a day before the State of the Union address, the Senate voted 70 to...
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