WASHINGTON—Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, this evening made the following statement:

“President Trump’s speech this evening was high on rhetoric but low on specifics. 

“We all know that military force alone cannot resolve this conflict.  Rather, the Administration must outline a realistic strategy that defines clear goals and leverages the existing expertise in the State Department and other U.S. government agencies.

“Our brave servicemembers have fought courageously over the past 16 years.  President Trump today had an opportunity to tell the American people why he now wants to send more Americans into harm’s way and provide a clear roadmap on how he plans to end America’s longest war.  Unfortunately, he did neither.”

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