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Senator Hassan Statement on President Trump's Remarks on Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement on President Trump's address on the war in Afghanistan:

"It is critical that Afghanistan does not again become a safe haven for terrorists, and we must constantly adjust to the situation on the ground and maintain a troop presence that can ensure that Afghanistan does not slip backward. I appreciate that the President acknowledged the importance of strong diplomatic engagement in South Asia, and I urge him to reverse his plans to severely cut the State Department, which would undermine our security interests. Our long-term focus must be on helping Afghan forces secure themselves and protect their own nation independently, and I will closely review the President's proposed strategy to determine if it can achieve these goals."