The Department of Defense confirmed on Wednesday that the new Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller (Christopher Miller) has hired a senior adviser who often urges U.S. troops to quickly withdraw from Afghanistan.
Retired Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor (Douglas Macgregor) will serve as a senior adviser to the acting secretary of defense. A Pentagon spokesperson told Hill that Mr. McGregor’s decades of military experience will be used to help continue the president’s national security priorities.
Max Gregor is a frequent visitor to Fox News and Trump’s failed choice of the US ambassador to Germany. In the past year, McGregor has repeatedly advocated the withdrawal of US troops from the Middle East conflict.
An interview with Fox News in January Tucker CarlsonSchmidt of Tucker Carlson’s Lincoln Project: Carlson may be the leader of the Republican Party (GOP) in 2024McGregor said that only Trump can end the war in Afghanistan.
“He promised to do this a long time ago, and he disappointed many of us because he didn’t. He can stand up tomorrow and pull us out. But he needs to send everyone out of the Oval Office and keep telling him “President, if you do this and something bad happens, it will be blamed on you. “He needs to say,’I don’t deserve to die,'” McGregor said at the time.
He also stated that the United States should withdraw from the US embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Three people familiar with the matter told the news media that Axios was the first person to report on the employment situation on Wednesday, a move designed to help US troops quickly withdraw from the Middle East before the end of the Trump administration in January.
During his 2016 campaign, Trump promised to stop “endless wars” and to withdraw U.S. forces from foreign conflicts, especially the 19-year war in Afghanistan.
But facts have proved that promises are difficult to keep. In 2017, Trump announced that Washington would increase the US military in Afghanistan from 8,600 to approximately 14,000 based on the recommendations of his military advisers.
Then in the summer of 2019, the Trump administration plans to negotiate with the Taliban to reduce the level of American forces to the level when Trump took office. However, after the Taliban attack killed a U.S. soldier, the negotiations were cancelled in December of that year.
In February, the U.S. government held talks with the Taliban again and signed a conditional peace agreement. If the insurgents insist on their anti-terrorism commitments, such as refusing to provide safe haven to al-Qaeda, the U.S. is required to withdraw its troops before May.
But since the agreement was signed, the Taliban have intensified their attacks on Afghan forces. Such attacks did not violate the agreement, but US officials have repeatedly condemned the excessive levels of violence and threatened the peace process.
According to reports, Trump was frustrated with the pace of the withdrawal and announced on Twitter a few weeks before the presidential election that the troops would return home before Christmas.
This tweet caused confusion. Just a few hours after his national security adviser stated that the United States will withdraw its troops from Afghanistan to approximately 2,500 soldiers by early next year.
Senior Pentagon officials said they have not received an order to withdraw troops from Afghanistan before the end of the year.
Trump’s loyal supporter Macgregor may help speed up the drawdown plan approximately 70 days before the president leaves the White House.
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McGregor said that the European Union and Germany too welcome “unwanted Muslim invaders” and that the purpose of Muslim immigrants entering is to “ultimately turn Europe into an Islamic State.” Such remarks have stalled his chances of becoming the US ambassador to Germany. Up.
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McGregor also urged the enforcement of martial law at the US-Mexico border.
Legislators and advocacy groups at the time asked the White House to revoke McGregor’s nomination for inflammatory speech.
McGregor’s hiring was also a few days after Trump overthrew Esper through Twitter and triggered a series of resignations at the Pentagon.
The departures include top policy officer James Anderson, the agency’s top intelligence officer Joseph Kernan (Joseph Kernan) and Esper’s chief of staff Jen Stewart (Jen Stewart). All three submitted a letter announcing their resignation on Wednesday, with immediate effect.
These vacancies have raised concerns that the government is filling loyal departments with that department and they will not hinder controversial administrative actions in the 11 weeks before Trump must withdraw from his position.
-Updated at 3:41pm