AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood, one of the largest United States military installations in the world, released the following statement Tuesday after President Trump’s Afghanistan announcement:

“I am encouraged by President Trump’s announcement that demonstrated a renewed focus on the United States’ strategy in South Asia. I applaud the efforts of his National Security Team, the Joint Chiefs, and most importantly, all of the men and women who will dedicate their lives to fighting and winning America’s longest war. I agree with the President that the utmost priority must be the defeat of radical terrorist organizations that seek safe haven in South Asia, rather than a perpetual emphasis on nation-building. A robust overhaul to our current Rules of Engagement is a critical step to ensuring that our service members on the ground have the full authority to target and neutralize each and every militant that threatens the security of our men and women deployed, and the safety of our homeland. As the Representative for Fort Hood, I have witnessed first-hand the cost of war, and the toll that it takes on each individual that serves in harm’s way. I was proud to support this year’s National Defense Authorization Act that will ensure that our nation’s military is the best equipped, and well trained fighting force on the face of the earth. I look forward to working with my colleagues to levy the full arsenal of American military, economic and diplomatic tools against the enemies of the United States.”