Politics McCain slams Trump for having no strategy in Afghanistan

23:10  19 june  2017
23:10  19 june  2017 Source:   CBS News

Trump gives Pentagon authority to set Afghan troop levels

  Trump gives Pentagon authority to set Afghan troop levels Defense Secretary James Mattis on Wednesday confirmed to lawmakers that President Trump has given him authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan, but said any new additions to U.S. forces there haven't been decided."At noon yesterday, President Trump delegated to me the authority to manage troop numbers in Afghanistan," Mattis said in his opening remarks at a Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee hearing.

Congressional Baseball Game. Politics. McCain slams Trump for having no strategy in Afghanistan . Worse, we have no strategy to end that stalemate and achieve victory.

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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 17: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill, May 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.: gettyimages-684230430.jpg© Mark Wilson / Getty Images gettyimages-684230430.jpg

Sen. John McCain on Monday blasted the Trump administration for lacking a strategy in Afghanistan where there are 8,400 U.S. troops stationed.

"Defense Secretary Mattis testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee last week that we are not winning in Afghanistan. And yet, six months into the new administration, it still has not delivered a strategy," the Arizona Republican said in a statement.

McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that if the administration fails to develop a strategy for success, "Congress will need to play a greater role."

Trump gives Pentagon authority to set Afghan troop levels

  Trump gives Pentagon authority to set Afghan troop levels Defense Secretary James Mattis on Wednesday confirmed to lawmakers that President Trump has given him authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan, but said any new additions to U.S. forces there haven't been decided."At noon yesterday, President Trump delegated to me the authority to manage troop numbers in Afghanistan," Mattis said in his opening remarks at a Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee hearing.

"Worse, we have no strategy to end that stalemate and achieve victory." McCain 's criticism is an escalation of congressional frustration with the Trump administration's handling of Afghanistan . McCain has been willing to criticize Trump

While Mattis will decide under his new authority, he will have to keep President Donald Trump fully informed and briefed, the official said. John McCain (Ariz.), said the Pentagon's budget requests can not be fulfilled without a strategy , both in Afghanistan and other parts of the world.

"After nearly 16 years of war, we are at a stalemate in Afghanistan. Worse, we have no strategy to end that stalemate and achieve victory. The recent deaths of three brave American soldiers underscore the urgency for a new strategy to turn the situation around in Afghanistan," McCain added.

He was referring to three U.S. soldiers who were killed by an Afghan soldier last week in eastern Nangarhar province. A second insider attack unfolded on Sunday in which an Afghan soldier opening fire on U.S. troops, wounding at least seven.

In response to McCain, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said at the National Press Club Monday that the administration will have a strategic review complete on Afghanistan sometimes in mid-July. Dunford also indicated that lawmakers should pass a new authorization for the use of military force (AUMF), but Congress has been deadlocked for years over how much authority it should offer.

Thousands of additional troops likely headed to Afghanistan soon

  Thousands of additional troops likely headed to Afghanistan soon Defense Secretary James Mattis could send 3,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan any dayDefense Secretary James Mattis' new authority to manage troop levels in Afghanistan will likely mean the deployment of thousands of additional U.S. service members this summer.

Photo: AP US President Donald Trump . Members of the US Senate’s Armed Services Committee on Tuesday slammed the Trump administration for not coming up with a strategy for Afghanistan despite being in office for six months. Committee chairman Senator John McCain rued that despite all the

Members of the US Senate’s Armed Services Committee on Tuesday slammed the Trump administration for not coming up with a strategy for Afghanistan despite being in office for six months. Committee chairman Senator John McCain rued that despite all the sacrifices made by US soldiers

The Pentagon, meanwhile, has been making plans to send additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan. While the number is currently expected to be between 3,000 and 5,000 troops, the number is still being worked out, CBS News' national security correspondent David Martin reported on Friday. The decision by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis could be announced in the next several days or couple of weeks and it follows Mr. Trump's move to give Mattis the authority to set troop levels.

During the Obama administration, McCain blamed Obama for the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as a result of his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq, and he warned Obama against taking similar action in Afghanistan.

CBS News' John Bat contributed to this report.

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