GOP rep: 'Rand Paul is giving the president bad advice' on Afghanistan and Syria

GOP rep: 'Rand Paul is giving the president bad advice' on Afghanistan and Syria
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Freshman Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawO'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could Dem Navy veteran files election papers to challenge Crenshaw Key Dem chairwoman opposes bill to automatically avoid shutdowns MORE (R-Texas) is criticizing Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulCongress must step up to protect Medicare home health care Business, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration MORE, saying the Kentucky Republican gave President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE "bad advice" when he suggested that the U.S. declare victory in Afghanistan and Syria.

"There are those of us who have sacrificed for our nation, who know the importance of this terrorist threat and the need to stay vigilant," tweeted Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, on Wednesday. "We go there so that they don’t come here. It’s that simple."

Crenshaw, who wears an eyepatch due to an injury sustained in combat, was responding to a tweet from Paul in which the senator said he has "never been prouder" of Trump.

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"In today’s meeting, he stood up for a strong America and steadfastly opposed foreign wars," Paul said. "Putting America First means declaring victory in Afghanistan and Syria. President Trump is delivering on his promises."

Paul has long been critical of ongoing American involvement in Afghanistan and Syria.

Trump has come under scrutiny for his recent decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, with some lawmakers warning that doing so could embolden ISIS and destabilize the region.

His decision came under further criticism on Wednesday after the terrorist group claimed responsibility for an attack that killed four Americans in the Syrian town of Manbij.

Trump tweeted on Dec. 19 that the U.S. had "defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there." He posted a video the same day in which he said U.S. troops in the war-torn country are "all coming back and they're coming back now."

The president and administration officials have since tempered their language surrounding the withdrawal from Syria. National security adviser John Bolton earlier this month said the U.S. would not fully leave the country without the total defeat of ISIS and assurances from Turkey that it will not target U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria.