Pressure is growing on President Trump to settle on a strategy for the war in Afghanistan.
Administration officials have been embroiled in a heated debate for months about what the strategy for the war should be, with Trump reportedly frustrated to the point that he raised the idea of firing the general in charge of U.S. forces there.
The dramatic suggestion underscores the sense that Trump is looking for a way to resolve the nation’s longest war, but it has only heightened the frustration of those in Washington who want the president to make a decision.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, threatened to take matters into his own hands if Trump doesn’t chart a course for the war by next month.
“If the president fails to do this by the time the Senate takes up the defense authorization bill in September, I will offer an amendment to that legislation, which will provide such a strategy,” he said in a statement.
McCain accused Trump of making the same mistakes as his predecessor, Barack Obama, in failing to provide a “successful policy and strategic guidance from Washington.”