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 CrenshawPopulation shifts set up huge House battleground Liberal think tank: GOP paid parental leave proposals are too narrow Racial politics roil Democratic Party MORE (R-Texas) is criticizing Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump faces new hit on deficit Overnight Defense: US shoots down Iranian drone | Pentagon sending 500 more troops to Saudi Arabia | Trump mulls Turkey sanctions | Trump seeks review of Pentagon cloud-computing contract Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Health care moves to center stage of Democratic primary fight | Sanders, Biden trade sharps jabs on Medicare for All | Senate to vote on 9/11 bill next week | Buttigieg pushes for cheaper insulin MORE, saying the Kentucky Republican gave President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade 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.