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Why Rep. Crenshaw Thinks Sen. Paul Is Giving Trump 'Bad Advice'

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Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, said Wednesday that he believes Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is giving President Trump “bad advice” on Afghanistan and Syria.

A non-interventionist on matters of foreign policy, Paul said he had never been “more proud” of the president for his commitment to pull troops from Afghanistan and Syria.

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“I have never been prouder of President Donald Trump. In today’s meeting, he stood up for a strong America and steadfastly opposed foreign wars. Putting America First means declaring victory in Afghanistan and Syria. President Trump is delivering on his promises,” Paul tweeted. 

The comments came hours after a deadly terrorist attack in Syria killed U.S. military personnel.

Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, disagreed with Paul’s take, however.

“There are those of us who have sacrificed for our nation, who know the importance of this terrorist threat and the need to stay vigilant,” Crenshaw said, replying to Paul’s tweet. “We go there so that they don’t come here. It’s that simple.”

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Even after the attack in Syria Wednesday, which killed more than a dozen people, including four Americans, Vice President Mike Pence said the president remained committed to his plan to withdraw troops. 

"President Trump and I condemn the terrorist attack in Syria that claimed American lives and our hearts are with the loved ones of the fallen. We honor their memory and we will never forget their service and sacrifice," he said in a statement. "Thanks to the courage of our Armed Forces, we have crushed the ISIS caliphate and devastated its capabilities. As we begin to bring our troops home, the American people can be assured, for the sake of our soldiers, their families, and our nation, we will never allow the remnants of ISIS to reestablish their evil and murderous caliphate – not now, not ever."

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