Cole Statement on President Trump's Strategy in Afghanistan
August 22, 2017
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement on President Trump’s speech regarding the strategy in Afghanistan.
"Last night’s speech by President Trump on Afghanistan was thoughtful, forceful, measured and convincing," said Cole. "The President made it clear that the United States will not allow terrorist groups to prevail in Afghanistan, giving them the ability to plan and launch another 9/11 style attack on the United States.
"The president is following the best military and diplomatic advice available. And he is placing his confidence in our armed forces to defeat our enemies and in the American people to persevere until the United States has achieved its objectives. Neither will disappoint him.
"I was especially pleased that the president called on Pakistan to step up its efforts against terrorists within its borders that target American troops. I also appreciate his outreach to India, an important player in the region.
"This was a presidential decision arrived at after a thorough review of the costs, the stakes and the consequences of staying in Afghanistan. I am impressed by the process in which the president engaged and by the input of those who worked with him to arrive at this consequential decision.
"It is my hope that Congress will set aside its partisan divisions and give the president its full support. The President has acted in the best interests of the American people. Republicans and Democrats should give him and our troops in the field the support they need to succeed," concluded Cole.