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Politicians react after President Donald Trump's comments on Afghanistan

Politicians react after President Donald Trump's comments on Afghanistan
Politicians react after President Donald Trump's comments on Afghanistan
Posted at 5:00 PM, Aug 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-22 14:39:39-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Local politicians are reacting after President Donald Trump makes his first remarks on the war in Afghanistan.

President Trump is recommitting the U.S. to the nearly 16 year war in Afghanistan.

Understandably, state politicians in Georgia and Florida are following party lines on this one: Republicans commending trump for addressing this issue, and Democrats saying he's not doing the right thing.

Trump is vowing to crush Al Qaeda, prevent the Taliban from taking over the country and stop terror attacks against Americans. However, the president says he will not "talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities."

Georgia's Republican U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, who's the chairman of the senate committee on Veterans' Affairs, issued the following statement saying:

"I support a strategy in Afghanistan that protects our homeland and prevents Afghanistan from once again becoming a haven for terrorists to plot attacks against the United States. The president outlined a tough and thoughtful strategy following the guidance of General Mattis and our military leaders. Our commanders in the field must have what they need to keep us safe and get the job done."

Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, a democrat from Florida, said:

In the past, Trump has repeatedly called for America to pull out of the conflict in Afghanistan and last night, trump acknowledged his change of heart, saying he was "hiven a bad and very complex hand."

WTXL political contributor Dr. Richard Murgo joined us in studio to weigh in on Trump's speech.