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Local veterans react to President Trump's Afghanistan announcement

SPOKANE, Wash. - In an address to the nation Monday, President Trump revealed America's longest war is not over yet. The United States will send more troops to Afghanistan. The decision has some veterans in Spokane split.

"What are we really accomplishing in Afghanistan after 17 years," said Don Kaufmann. "What can we really show?"

"We saw the results in Iraq from pulling out," said William Gentes. "I think it's a necessary evil, unfortunately."

Gentes is no fan of the president, but he thought the speech was positive and believes the president's advisors know what's best.

"Having all three been military, they have a good idea of what's going on," said Gentes.

"A lot of people have faith in his advisors, unfortunately they don't have much faith in Donald Trump," said Kaufmann. He voted for President Trump and believes the president should stick to his campaign promise and pull troops out of Afghanistan. Kaufmann said he thinks the war has become too dangerous and expensive.

"I'm kind of wondering in the back of my mind how we're going to afford all this," he said.

During the speech, Trump iterated that our country needs to heal at home. "We cannot be a force for peace in the world if we are not at peace with each other," said Trump.

The two veterans may not agree on everything the president says, but they can agree on that.

"I just think we just really need a lot of prayer for our country to be honest with you at this time," said Kaufmann.


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