Maine lawmakers give mixed review to Trump Afghanistan plan
Aug. 22, 2017
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Congressional delegation is giving a mixed review to President Donald Trump's recommitment to the war in Afghanistan.
Trump used a primetime speech on Monday to say the U.S. must "fight to win" the war. Maine's Republican senior Sen. Susan Collins says Trump has "outlined an important change" from an approach she says has been driven by arbitrary deadlines.
Independent Sen. Angus King says he applauds Trump for moving toward a more regional approach to stabilizing Afghanistan. But he also says the U.S. must "move forward with clear goals" for its own troops.
War opponents and Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree says committing more troops to the conflict will make developing an exit strategy more difficult. Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin says it would be a mistake to declare arbitrary withdrawal dates.