Gillibrand issues statement follow Trump address on Afghanistan military policy

Kirsten Gillibrand

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the ranking member on the Personnel Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after President Trump’s address on Afghanistan military policy:

“I found the President’s speech tonight terribly lacking. Lacking in details, lacking in substance and lacking in a vision of what success in Afghanistan looks like.

“When committing American service members overseas, the Commander in Chief needs to clearly define the mission and a strategy to achieve success. Until he can do that, expecting service members to fight and possibly die in Afghanistan is a disservice to their sacrifice.

“I am skeptical that the President’s ‘new strategy’ will achieve what the last sixteen years could not, and I will be calling for extensive hearings in the Senate where Congress must demand accountability and transparency from this Administration.”

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