Rep. Ellison Statement on President Trump’s Afghanistan Speech
WASHINGTON – Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement after President Trump’s announcement that additional troops will be deployed to Afghanistan:
“Last night, President Trump told the American people he had a new strategy for the War in Afghanistan. In fact, what he promised was more of the same: military occupation and endless war.
“After 16 years, trillions of dollars spent, over 22,400 American casualties, and the deaths of more than 100,000 Afghans, President Trump is doubling down on the longest war in American history.
“We don’t know how many more men and women President Trump wants to send to Afghanistan, because he won’t tell us. We don’t know how long they’ll be there, because he doesn’t know. And we don’t know the President’s strategy to end the war, because he doesn’t have one.
“More troops won’t win this war – and ‘killing more terrorists,’ as the President said last night, won’t end terrorism.
The s0lution is diplomacy. Unfortunately, President Trump has proposed cutting our State Department by nearly one-third, which would cripple its ability to resolve conflicts like the War in Afghanistan. Only when we prioritize a political solution will we end the longest war in American history.
“The American people deserve better.”