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Bill Johnson Statement Regarding President Trump’s Address on Afghanistan

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Marietta, August 21, 2017 | Ben Keeler (330.337.6951) | comments
Representative Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after President Donald Trump addressed the nation regarding his plan forward in Afghanistan and the surrounding region:
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Representative Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after President Donald Trump addressed the nation regarding his plan forward in Afghanistan and the surrounding region:

“I'm encouraged that President Trump is wisely deferring to his military commanders when it comes to his administration's Afghanistan policy. Every President should listen to, and take advice from, military and defense experts before making major decisions like this. I have tremendous confidence in Secretary Mattis and his team, and I believe the American people can trust him to advise the President in developing a winning strategy. 

“Tonight, President Trump said, ‘We are not nation building again...we are killing terrorists.’ It's a message that our military and the majority of the American people have been waiting to hear.  And, President Trump is correct on another point regarding Afghanistan's neighbor - it's time for Pakistan to step up in combating radical Islamic terrorism.

“The bottom line is that Afghanistan can never again be a launching pad for radical extremism - too much American blood has been shed over the past 15-plus years to allow that to continue. After spending over 26 years in the U.S. Air Force, I know that we can't win a war while micromanaging from Washington D.C. - our history tells us this. I'm encouraged that President Trump understands that, and that he is going to give our military the tools they need to find and defeat those who wake up every day plotting to kill Americans - no matter where the enemies of freedom try to hide.”

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