Congressman Dwight Evans Statement regarding President Trump's Afghanistan Strategy

August 22, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-02) released the following statement regarding President Trump's strategy toward Afghanistan and South Asia:

"Many of us just listened to President Trump address our nation about his Administration’s plan for a path forward in Afghanistan and South East Asia. First and foremost, we know that as Americans our first obligation has to be to the safety and security of the brave men and women who serve in our armed forces---the men and women who risk their lives each and every day to keep us safe here at home and abroad. When it comes to the war in Afghanistan we first have to think about how our national strategy moving forward is directly connected to the livelihood of our service members and their families."

"President Trump, it is not enough to just say words. It is clear that only time will tell our nation what comes next. I have long said and have always been a strong believer in the logic that conflicts are only solved from the bottom up. Conflicts are not solved from the top down. They are solved on the ground by the people. After tonight’s address it is clear that we as Americans do not have a definitive timeline, time frame or timetable on what will come next. We find ourselves in a wait and see mode for what this means for our courageous service members, their families and the American people."

"I’ll leave you with this question, in watching tonight’s address can we believe President Trump? Do we take him at his word for what will come next?"



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