It seems House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) can’t keep the reins on members of her caucus.
One of the House’s top Democrats went rogue Tuesday when he heaped praise on President Donald Trump for his recent decision to bring home over 2,000 troops currently stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq, Breitbart reported.
Bringing them home
According to ABC News, the decision to reduce troop numbers in the two nations was first announced by Trump’s new acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller on Tuesday.
The move, which is set to be completed by Jan. 15, comes as part of “President Trump’s plan to bring the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to a successful and responsible conclusion and to bring our brave service members home,” Miller said, according to ABC.
“By January 15, 2021, our force size in Afghanistan will be 2,500 troops,” Miller explained in a statement. “Our force size in Iraq will also be 2,500 by that same date.”
Miller also said the decision is “consistent with our established plans and strategic objectives, supported by the American people, and does not equate to a change in U.S. policy or objectives.”
Around 4,500 soldiers are currently stationed in Afghanistan, according to ABC, and 3,000 are still in Iraq, meaning roughly 2,500 soldiers could be coming home.
“The right policy decision”
It’s a move that was lauded by Rep. Adam Smith, a Democrat from Washington state who chairs the House Armed Services Committee.
“After speaking with the Acting [Defense Secretary Chris Miller] this morning, I believe reducing our forward deployed footprint in Afghanistan down to 2,500 troops is the right policy decision,” Smith said Tuesday, according to Breitbart.
Republicans including House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) expressed a similar sentiment.
“President Trump understands that our troops should only be used to defend American interests where there is an immediate or ongoing threat to our citizens or allies,” Biggs said in a statement. “And President Trump knows that our propensity for endless wars has bankrupted our grandchildren’s financial futures.
“I am grateful for the president’s courage and commitment to his promises,” Biggs added, “and I look forward to the return of our troops.”