Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement about the President’s announcement that troops will remain in Afghanistan:

“The President made the right decision by keeping troops in Afghanistan through the end of his Presidency. This announcement demonstrates that President Obama doesn’t want to repeat his mistakes in Iraq by withdrawing prematurely and leaving a power vacuum open to extremists.

 “However, the President should not continue his arbitrary troop drawdown from 9,800 troops to 5,500 in 2016 until conditions on the ground and U.S. national security interests allow for further reduction. After the Taliban overran the northern city of Kunduz and is threatening more districts in Afghanistan than at any time since 2001, we should not be scheduling a drawdown. I urge the President to keep the current level of forces in Afghanistan for the remainder of his term so that the next President—in cooperation with Congress—has greater flexibility to determine the future of America’s commitment.”