By Jackson Parker | United States
Republican Senator Rand Paul made numerous statements on Sunday about the conflicting natures of the president and his cabinet. Trump’s non-interventionist policies thus far are currently being silenced by the generals inside of the administration.
Paul said even though his advisors are pushing against Trump’s first instincts he is “the least interventionist-minded president we’ve had in a long time.”
Continuing to highlight the differences in military leaders and Trump’s initial visions he goes on:
I mean, he criticized George Bush for the intervention in the Iraq War. I think he’s not that excited about continuing the Afghan war forever, but the generals he’s surrounded him[self] with don’t want to admit there’s not a military solution. So the war goes on and on and on.
He brings up that it’s not a new issue inside of the White House. “This is something that we’ve seen even going back to Reagan. Conservatives said, ‘Oh, we love Reagan,’ and then the people appointed around him were all big government types,”
Paul recently leveraged a short shut down because he was against the spending bill proposing an increase in military and domestic spending. He complained about how being “actively at war in about 7 countries” impacts budgeting severely. He goes on to comment about the state of the war in Afghanistan, “really, I think after 15 years and $1 trillion with the Afghans, it’s time for them to take over their country.”