Democratic lawmaker: Russia, China benefitting from continued US troop presence in Afghanistan

Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoDonald Trump Jr. writes about Trump family 'sacrifices' during trip to Arlington National Cemetery: book Overnight Energy: Trump administration issues plan to reverse limits on logging in Tongass National Forest| Democrats inch closer to issuing subpoenas for Interior, EPA records| Trump's plan to boost ethanol miffs corn groups and the fossil fuel industry Trump administration issues plan to reverse limits on logging in Tongass National Forest MORE (D-Ariz.), a former Marine and Iraq war veteran, called on the Trump administration to pull U.S. forces out of Afghanistan, saying their presence runs counter to national interests.

“It’s draining our treasury, it’s draining our military,” Gallego told Hill.TV during an interview on Wednesday. 

“The only winners who really come out of this by us being bogged down is Russia and China,” he added.

Gallego insisted that the U.S. has accomplished its goals and objectives, adding that American troops have already helped establish a self-sustaining Afghan government and army.

"Honestly, I would just like to see for us to just get out of there," he told Hill.TV. "Our goals and objectives are done." 

Gallego’s comments come on the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the coordinated attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93, which lead to the invasion of Afghanistan and later Iraq.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump gets a warm reception at Alabama-LSU game Comedy group swaps Trump Jr. book jacket with fake title: 'Daddy, Please Love Me' Man pleads guilty in plot to attack Cleveland on July 4 MORE held a moment of silence at the White House in honor of the victims of the attack.

House and Senate leaders also led a commemoration ceremony on Capitol Hill.

Observances in New York and at the Pentagon and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania were also held.

—Tess Bonn