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

Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoHispanic Caucus requests meeting with private detention center CEOs House panel votes to limit Trump's Germany withdrawal The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - As virus concerns grow, can it get worse for Trump? 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 TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump posts video of herself wearing mask during stop at women's center Statue of Melania Trump set on fire in Slovenia The Memo: Trump gambles on school push 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