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Buttigieg: Trump's Afghanistan Pullout Plan Dictated By 'Political Calendar'

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By    |   Sunday, 18 August 2019 11:20 AM

Democratic presidential candidate and combat veteran Pete Buttigieg on Sunday blasted President Donald Trump’s pullout plan in Afghanistan, labeling it one that’s dictated by a “political calendar.”

In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” the mayor of South Bend, Ind., said the White House plan isn’t fully formed.

”The problem with the president's path, it's dictated by the American political calendar,” he said. “You add to that the fact there doesn't seem to be any real role for the legitimately elected Afghan government. It's a recipe for us going back because a problem unfolds.”

Buttigieg said leaving Afghanistan “is the one thing that the right, the left, the Taliban, the government, and the international community all agree on.”

“So the real question here is will we leave well, or will we leave poorly,” he said. “To do it right, we need to make sure we get the basic assurances about counterterrorism that we need, and that the Afghan government is on the table so there's a formula for stability.”

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