Trump Makes An Explicit Pitch to Anti-War Libertarians
In the waning days of the 2020 election, President Donald Trump is making an explicit play for the votes of libertarians, promising that he’ll for sure finally end the war in Afghanistan.
“Thank you LIBERTARIANS. We are getting it all done, and FAST! VOTE TRUMP!!!” tweeted the president in response to a tweet from Sen. Rand Paul (R–Ky.) saying that Trump was ending our long-running conflict in Afghanistan and that he’d already withdrawn thousands of troops from the country.
Thank you LIBERTARIANS. We are getting it all done, and FAST! VOTE TRUMP!!! https://t.co/ai2vTb1V3G
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2020
Trump also retweeted the Being Libertarian Twitter account’s praise of his supposed anti-war stance.
It’s true that in 2020 the Trump administration made a number of moves to wind down America’s military presence in Afghanistan. In February, the U.S signed a peace deal with the Taliban. Since then, Trump has drawn down the number of troops in Afghanistan to about 8,600, the number deployed there when Trump took office.
In September, the president nominated William Ruger, a libertarian non-interventionist and critic of the war in Afghanistan, to be ambassador to the country.
Should everything go to plan, U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan will drop down
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