Fox News’s Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum had immediate reactions to President Trump‘s speech announcing further military action in Afghanistan.
Baier started off by mentioning Trump’s clear reference to the fallout of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia at the top of his speech when he said “when one part of America hurts, we all hurt” adding “we cannot remain a force for peace in the world if we’re not at peace with each other.”
MacCallum pointed out that he spoke in “serious, hushed tones” and that he admitted that he wanted pull troops out of the Middle East during the election.
Baier thought the speech was “fascinating to watch” because it was “putting the squeeze” on Pakistan for harboring terrorists and compared his speech to the one he gave to NATO when demanding allies to pay their fair share.
“In many ways, Bret, it was a very Trumpian version of the war on Afghanistan,” MacCallum told Baier. “He said ‘we will not write a blank check. We are not in there forever. In fact, we’re not going to tell you how long we’ll be there. We won’t tell you how many troops will be on the ground and we won’t tell you how long our commitment is going to be. But we are there to basically kill terrorists.'”
She added that his speech was “a combination” of his many advisors who have spoken to Trump about this, saying that “‘we are no longer going to nation build.'”.
“It’s a very presidential Trump version of the input he has received,” she concluded.
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