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Trump might send more troops to Afghanistan. Here's what lawmakers have to say.


Senior administration and military officials have recommended President Trump deploy thousands more U.S. troops to Afghanistan after years of drawdown in the region, according to multiple news reports. 

The boost in troops is meant to help break a what military leaders see as a stalemate in the 15-year-war with the Taliban.

The added troops would allow Americans in the region to work with more Afghan forces. There are currently about 8,500 U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan, according to Military Times. 

The recommendation is the result of a review on American involvement in Afghanistan conducted by the Pentagon, the State Department, intelligence community and other government agencies. Trump has not yet approved any recommendations. 

Republicans who were critical of the Obama administration's troop drawdown applauded the news on Tuesday. 

Trump might send more troops to Afghanistan. Here's what lawmakers have to say.

Sen. John McCain who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee has pushed for more troops in Afghanistan to retake areas the Taliban have gained. 

"The Obama administration had a failed strategy that was almost a comedy except it was so serious," McCain said. 

Trump might send more troops to Afghanistan. Here's what lawmakers have to say.

Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker, another member of the committee, said he supports "doing what's necessary to make sure we're successful there." 

Trump might send more troops to Afghanistan. Here's what lawmakers have to say.

Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe cautioned that U.S. forces may not be at readiness levels to carry out the mission. 

“I wish we were a little more ready than we are," Inhofe said, adding that the vice chiefs of the armed forces have recently warned that budget cuts have made the U.S. military a "hollow force." 

But other Senators worried about the lack of Congressional oversight for the military ramp up. 

"We need to make sure the president of the United States comes to us and gets the American people to approve when he is conducting a war. The commitment of additional ground troops is an ominous sign of what is to come,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) told Military Times. 

Sen. Dick Durbin, the second Senates second-highest-ranking Democrat said without Congressional review the conflict in Afghanistan could become a permanent occupation.

"We have to ask ourselves a question. How long will this go on? How long will it be a battle and when does it become a permanent occupation?” He said during an appearance on MSNBC. “That’s a question Congress needs to face."

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