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WATCH: Rand Paul Praises Trump for Troop Withdrawal on CNN

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Sunday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” and defended President Donald J. Trump’s decision to remove U.S. troops from Syria.

“I’m very proud of the president. This is exactly what he promised,” Paul said. “And I think the people agree with him actually. I think people believe we’ve been at war too long in too many places, and we do need to turn attention to problems we have at home here: roads, bridges, schools.”

Trump campaigned on ending the pointless and everlasting military conflict in the Middle East, a stance with which most of his base agreed. After all, it is not the pro-war D.C. commentariat that is actually fights these wars. By and large, it is the ordinary Americans who voted for Trump.

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“We’ve spent several trillion dollars on these wars everywhere, and I think the president promised he’d be different, and it’s really one of the reasons he won,” Paul said. “Because he actually attracts independents who aren’t beholden to either party who say, you know what? Why don’t we turn attention back to America?”

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Jake Tapper, who hosted the CNN show Sunday morning, lambasted Trump for allegedly ignoring the advice of his former Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis, who resigned over differences of opinion in foreign policy. Tapper, however, failed to mention that Mattis’ stance on war in Syria was the same as Trump’s as early as 2013, when the Marine Corps General railed against a war in Syria.

“We all want to do something to stop this but…we have no moral obligation to do the impossible and hawk our children’s future just because we have the desire to do something,” Mattis said at the time. “When you go to war, it cant be a half step.”

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Locked and Loaded: Pentagon Grants Soldiers in DC Power to use Lethal Force

The National Guard have been authorized to use lethal force, if needed.

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Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy has authorized the twenty thousand National Guard members providing security around the U.S. Capitol to carry lethal weapons as Washington, D.C., braces for Inauguration Day.

On January 12, 2021, National Guardsmen were given authorization to be armed in support of the U.S. Capitol Police to protect the U.S. Capitol and individual members of Congress and their staff,” according to a statement from the D.C. National Guard, which is commanding Guard forces in the city, including units deployed from six other states, to provide security for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week,” the DC National Guard revealed in a statement “This was requested by federal authorities and authorized by the Secretary of the Army.

The National Guard Bureau declined to specify what weapons troops would carry.

National Guard members are postured to meet the requirements of the supported civil authorities, up to and including protective equipment and being armed if necessary,” said the statement. “The public’s safety is our top priority.

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Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, told media members on Monday that a force of up to 15,000 will deploy to D.C. with all their issued equipment, including their individual weapons. So if the need arises, “they are close by and they are readily accessible.”

The Pentagon initially authorized up to six thousand two hundred Guard members from Maryland, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania to deploy to D.C. on federal status to maintain security through Inauguration Day.

The history of National Guard members being a part of the presidential inauguration dates back to the first inauguration of President George Washington in 1789.

 

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