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Pelosi chides Trump over hasty pullout plan

Pelosi chides Trump over hasty pullout plan

Nov 18, 2020 - 10:46

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has hit out at President Donald Trump’s plans for a hasty troop withdrawal from Afghanistaninfo-icon.

In a statement from her office, Pelosi voiced concern at the Trump administration’s announcement of withdrawing nearly half of America’s military troops from Afghanistan.

The hasty withdrawal plans are seen against the recommendation of the US military chain of command and NATOinfo-icon chiefs.

“Our military and allies deserve strong, smart and strategic leadership to protect America’s security and that of the region,” Pelosi recalled. 

“America went into Afghanistan with NATO, and it is concerning that Trump’s withdrawal is being carried out without the close and comprehensive coordination of NATO,” she regretted.

She noted the hasty withdrawal did not appear to have a strategic plan that adequately anticipated contingencies, especially related to terrorism and the protection of IS military, diplomats and development presence.

Pelosi also referred to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warning that the price for leaving too soon or in an uncoordinated way could be very high.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud



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