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Former SEAL Rep. Taylor: Trump 'Did a Good Job' With Afghanistan Plan

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By    |   Tuesday, 22 August 2017 02:04 PM

Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Va., praised President Donald Trump's strategy for military involvement in Afghanistan, saying that "changing the status quo is important" on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Tuesday.

"I think that the president's skepticism about Afghanistan is warranted," said the congressman, a former Navy SEAL. "I know that a lot of folks feel the same way. I was happy with the strategy. I think that he did a good job last night. Changing the status quo is important, and then evaluating to see where we need to be, and in the near future, in my opinion, it should then tell us what it's going to look like for the long-term."

When asked about Russian influence in Afghanistan, particularly in its support for the Taliban, Taylor pointed out that it's "not only Russia" that's getting involved in the country.

"Not only do you see Russia supporting the Taliban and helping out some of the government, but you also see China in there as well too. Obviously, we have diverging interests from both of those countries. You didn't hear that last night, but that being said, I believe that the president's strategy was certainly one more of chess as opposed to checkers.

"You have to look at the totality of the region there, you have to look at all the players and how they're impacting both, you know, the stabilization of Afghanistan itself and how that diverges from our own interests.

He added, "We have to acknowledge the fact that they are there and they are playing a role. We do need them to help out for the stability of the region, for the stability of Afghanistan, but there's no question about it that there are some diverging interests there."

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Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Va., praised President Donald Trump's strategy for military involvement in Afghanistan, saying that "changing the status quo is important" on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Tuesday.
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