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

Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoHarris picks up endorsement from influential lawmaker as support slips Democratic lawmaker: Russia, China benefitting from continued US troop presence in Afghanistan Dem lawmaker: Bolton's 'neocon way of thinking is very dangerous to this country' 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 TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump to attend reopening of Washington Monument Former speechwriter says Michelle Obama came up with 'when they go low we go high' line White House dismisses 'ridiculous' criticism of Melania Trump's coat on 9/11 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