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Congressman Carson’s Statement on President Trump’s Letter on Congressional Delegation to Afghanistan

Jan 17, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, President Trump again put politics above national security by canceling Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s military flight to Afghanistan. Speaker Pelosi was traveling overseas to reassure our NATO allies and meet our troops fighting terrorists in Afghanistan. What she learned would have helped Congress better support our men and women in uniform as they stand up to threats around the world.

As a Member of the House Intelligence Committee, I can say with certainty that threats to our national security have not lessened in light of our government shutdown. Our troops abroad continue to face dangerous and determined enemies, terrorist organizations continue to plot, state and non-state hackers continue to attack our online systems, and countries like China and Russia continue to prod our defenses.

President Trump’s petty cancellation of today’s military flight, which will deprive Speaker Pelosi and the House of critical security information, does nothing but weaken our national security. Furthermore, his unprecedented disclosure of information about her undisclosed trip to a war zone is irresponsible and endangers the lives of everyone on her trip and the troops supporting her in theater. These actions are counterproductive and unpresidential.