Jun 14 2017

Graham Meets With VP Pence And National Security Advisor McMaster

Supports Increase In Troop Level In Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on the decision to allow Secretary of Defense Mattis to set the troop level in Afghanistan.  

Graham was a vocal opponent of the Obama Administration’s ill-advised decision to reduce American forces in Afghanistan.

“I greatly appreciate being briefed today by Vice President Pence and National Security Advisor Lieutenant General McMaster about President Trump’s thought process and decisions regarding Afghanistan.
“The decision to allow the Secretary of Defense – a seasoned military leader – to set troop levels in Afghanistan, combined with an integrated diplomatic and regional strategy, is long overdue and will make America safer. Simply put, President Trump has taken out an insurance policy against another 9/11 being planned from Afghanistan’s soil.
“I have never been more pleased with President Trump as Commander in Chief than I am right now.  Job well-done Mr. President.”

Earlier today, Graham spoke about the situation in Afghanistan and questioned Secretary Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dunford on the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal for the Department of Defense. Click here or below to watch the full exchange.