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McCain urges Trump not to fire Nicholson

McCain urges Trump not to fire Nicholson

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Aug 03, 2017 - 23:41

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Powerful US senator John McCain on Thursday urged President Trump’s administration not to fire Gen John Nicholson, as he believes “the reason of US failure in Afghanistaninfo-icon is lack of a strategy.”

“General John Nicholson has served our country with honor and distinction for 35 years. He has earned the trust and admiration of those he has served with. And he has earned my full confidence,” McCain, Chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement.

Responding to news that Trump wants to fire Gen Nicholson, the top American commander in Afghanistan, for not winning the war in the country.  Six months ago, Nicholson testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee and warned that the United States was not winning in Afghanistan.

“The reason for this failure is a lack of successful policy and strategic guidance from Washington over many years, which has continued in the first several months of this new administration. Our commanders-in-chief, not our commanders in the field, are responsible for this failure,” McCain said.

“I urge the President to resolve the differences within his administration as soon as possible and decide on a policy and strategy that can achieve our national security interests in Afghanistan and the region,” he said.

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