Donald Trump’s heartfelt approval to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by September undermines Senate minority leader’s efforts Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLincoln Project mocks Trump, says he lost from “swamp”, McConnell The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Emergent BioSolutions – Biden targets colleagues in Virginia and Louisiana Vaccine among lawmakers delays return to normal Capitol Hill MORE (Ky.) And other key Republicans who need to question President Bidenstrategy of.
More broadly, the former president has drawn the nation’s attention to China as a leading concern for the national security of the United States, putting pressure on Senate Republicans to support legislation Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SumerNYC 24-hour subway service resumes on May 17 Sumer demands restoration of 24-hour subway service in New York Healthcare: US to ban most travel from India | 100 million Americans are already fully vaccinated Sumer supports Sanders in healthcare MORE (DN.Y.) plans to respond to Beijing’s growing influence and power.
McConnell is the most powerful Republican leader in Washington, but he does not have the same unsurpassed platform he had when he held the same position – leader of the minority minority in Washington – at the beginning of former President Obama’s term.
McConnell took advantage of Biden’s announcement that he would withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan as a clear example of him speaking as a centrist but ruling from the left.
The CSO leader warned that Biden had ordered a “hasty full withdrawal from Afghanistan” that would “leave coalition partners and vulnerable Afghans high and dry”.
Al-Cross, a professor of journalism at the University of Kentucky and a longtime commentator on Kentucky politics, said McConnell was trying to create it so he could attack Biden if militant extremists took full control of Afghanistan or if terrorist groups used again as a base to launch attacks on the United States.
“He puts up a marker to say ‘I told you so when Afghanistan went to hell,'” he said. “He makes these small down payments for political investments, which may or may not be the case.”
Senate Republican Whip John TunJohn Randolph Tun Tun Note: Trump Critics Face GOP Fight Fighting Role of Cultural Wars in Trump’s Future Party Drama Divides GOP, Confusing Message MORE (SD), McConnell’s potential successor, says Biden’s decision is “a big mistake” and “not the right move”.
“I know there is a lot of pressure from the left in this country to get out of Afghanistan, but we have a lot of investment there for a long time and the only thing we don’t want to do is create conditions there that are conducive to terrorist organizations training and preparing and planning attacks against the United States, ”he said in an interview with podcast host David Brody.
His. John CorninJohn Cornin How the United States Can Cross the Civics 101 Democrats Accuse GOP of New Minima in Cultural Wars Trump drama splits GOP, confusing message MORE (R-Texas), another member of McConnell’s leadership circle who may one day be the leader of the Senate Republican Party, also criticized Biden’s decision, warning that the security situation in Afghanistan could deteriorate rapidly.
“It’s not very encouraging. “It sounds to me that the Taliban have the upper hand, and the challenge will be to keep remembering the lesson of 9/11 that the power vacuum is being filled by the bad guys,” he said after senators received a briefing on Biden’s decision. “It’s difficult to know exactly what the plan is. Sounds like it will be “I hope for the best.” ”
But Trump has undermined messages from Republican Senate leaders, paving the way for other Republicans to express support for Biden’s decision, or at least publicly question the wisdom of keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the fall.
A spokesman for Trump’s National Security Council, John Ulliot, told The Hill, “President TrumpDonald TrumpFacebook Supervisory Board to rule on Trump’s ban Rubio keeps door open for White House candidacy Lincoln project mocks Trump, saying he lost by “swamp”, McConnell MORE did a great job of reducing our strength against the Pentagon’s resistance, especially in the last year. By now, all our troops would really be home if he were president. His support for Biden’s move to bring us out will lead many Republicans who have not publicly taken the opposite position. “
Trump wanted all US troops to leave Afghanistan by May 1, and praised the prospect as “a wonderful and positive thing.”
This gives more political cover to other Republicans to break with their leadership.
McConnell’s leadership on the issue has also been undermined by Trump’s calls for Senate Republicans to overthrow him, something the former president repeated on Thursday.
GOP strategists say the base is with Trump, not McConnell, which encourages other Republicans to follow his example, especially if they want to run for the White House in 2024 if Trump gives up the race.
“The level is with Trump on this issue, so the party is with Trump on this issue,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell.
He said, however, that McConnell played the traditional Republican role in building a muscular national security stance, adding that “Republicans have traditionally been stronger than Democrats.”
“Unfortunately, McConnell doesn’t see the bigger picture, which we lose every time we’re not focused on China,” O’Connell said. “The biggest threat in the 21st century to America and all of humanity is China, and when you’ve been hanging out in the Middle East for more than 20 years, you’re not focused on China.”
Political experts and operatives say Trump has helped transform political views on China by making the threat of an emerging superpower more important to Republican voters. This prompted Senate Republicans to agree to support legislation – which is expected to be bipartisan – to respond to growing competition from China when Sumer introduced it on the floor.
Other Republicans are shifting their focus from Afghanistan to China.
His. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzNYT’s Stephens Says Ted Cruz is More Casual Than Eddie Haskell Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – Trump, Cheyenne’s Trade Pockets Cruz Supports Glenn Youngkin in Virginia GOP Governor Primary (R-Texas), a potential White House hope of 2024, said it was “glad troops are returning home” while sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David Hawley Note: Trump critics face anger at GOP base The Morning Morning Report – Presented by Emergent BioSolutions – Biden offers sales in Virginia and Louisiana Exclusively – Cruz, Rubio intensify criticism of big business MORE (Mo.), another Republican with presidential ambitions, tweeted last month: “It’s time for this eternal war to end.”
His. Lisa MurkovskiLisa Ann Murkowski Trump drama splits GOP, confusing message Moderate Republicans tossing Biden’s renewed call for unity, Biden argues for radical change MORE (R-Alaska), an influential moderate voice, said: “I always thought there would be time” to leave Afghanistan, “because we can’t, we can’t be a country with indefinite wars.”
“This should not be the United States,” she said, though she also expressed concern about announcing a firm and quick release date when Afghanistan’s future remains uncertain.
Other Republicans say they believe the Biden administration can protect itself from turning Afghanistan into an incubator for international terrorist organizations, as was the case with al Qaeda before the 9/11 attacks.
“I look forward to working with the current administration to continue our efforts to gather intelligence and prevent the use of Afghanistan as a home base,” the senator said. Cynthia LoomisCynthia Marie Loomis GOP Disappointment with Liz Cheney “Boiling Point” Senate Passes Two-Party Water Infrastructure Bill B 136 Republicans Get Fs in Reporting Ranking by Anti-Trump GOP Group MORE (R-Wyo.) He said last month, adding, “I’m glad our troops are coming home.”
One of the key Republicans caught in the middle is the leader of the minority home Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthy The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Emergent BioSolutions – Biden presents sales to Virginia and Louisiana. Vaccine fluctuations among lawmakers are slowing back to normal Capitol Hill’s struggles with the role of cultural wars in the party’s future MORE (California), who is likely to become a speaker if Republicans regain the House in 2022, and who is working with Trump on the midterm election strategy.
McCarthy said in August 2017 that the United States “cannot allow a safe haven for terrorists to materialize again” and that “a secure, stable Afghanistan is vital to US national security.”
In recent weeks, he has despised Biden’s decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan instead of hitting him on other issues in an interview with Fox News. Sean HannitySean Patrick Hannity Hanny to interview Caitlin Jenner after governor’s announcement GOP leader: Biden makes Bernie Sanders look like a conservative CNN: Trump advisers call on him to get PSA more following the president’s address to a joint session of Congress last week.
Instead, he left the chair of the Republican Conference at House Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn Cheney Cheney says in Trump’s retreat that Trump’s actions are a “line that cannot be crossed”: report The Memo: Critics of Trump face anger based on GOP promise to take down Liz Cheney MORE (Wyo.) Take the lead in criticizing Biden’s decision on Afghanistan.
Cheney says it is a “huge propaganda victory” for the Taliban and al Qaeda, and “puts US security at risk.”
But Cheney’s message is blunted by Trump’s strong counterattacks.
“This militant fool wants to stay in the Middle East and Afghanistan for another 19 years, but he doesn’t consider the big picture – Russia and China!” Trump said last week in a statement issued by his PAC leadership.
Trump has thrown himself against Cheney since she voted to convict him of an impeachment article for inciting an uprising on Jan. 6.