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Trump to intel chiefs, GOP senators: Time for troops ‘to start coming home’

pWASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s feud with his intelligence chiefs and a top Republican senator went into its third day when the president declared Friday it is “time to start coming home” from overseas conflicts./ppTrump’s hand-picked intelligence chiefs earlier this week told a Senate committee that the Islamic State remains a threat, as well as entities inside Afghanistan, and that North Korea is unlikely to ever give up its nuclear arms. On Thursday, Trump refused to express confidence in his intel leaders./ppBut Trump has spent parts of the last three days arguing ISIS’s “Caliphate will soon be destroyed” and peace talks with Taliban leaders could soon lead to the full withdrawal of U.S. military troops from Afghanistan. He also contends he could soon strike a nuclear disarmament deal with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un./ppWhat’s more, more than 40 GOP senators joined a large number of Democrats in advancing an amendment to a Middle East policy bill pushed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that amounted to a Republican rebuke of Trump. That measure stated that “al Qaeda, ISIS and their affiliates in Syria and Afghanistan continue to pose a serious threat to us here at home.”/pp“I believe the threats remain,” …read more

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