Trump must keep US troops in Afghanistan, Florida rep says: 'It will follow us home'

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President Trump should not withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, a member of the House Armed Services Committee who served in the country as a member of the U.S. Army said Friday.

"Half the world's terrorist organizations still exist there and can attack the United States," U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., said Friday on "The Story with Martha MacCallum." "And if you believe the Taliban's promises, which I don't, but if you believe them, how do they have the capability to keep a lid on these groups that the American Army has struggled with?"

On Friday, Trump met with his top security advisers about the way forward in Afghanistan -- possibly moving toward a phased withdrawal, something critics warn could lead to the Taliban taking hold of the country once again.

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Waltz, who served as a Green Beret, expressed his concern about neighboring Pakistan and urged Trump not to make the same mistakes that he claims President Obama did with Iraq.

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"Right next door to Afghanistan is Pakistan with seven times the population and potential of loose nukes if Afghanistan devolves into chaos," Waltz said. "Pakistan will go with it."

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"So I guess my message is, 'Mr. President, do not be to Afghanistan -- please -- what President Obama was to Iraq."

The first-term congressman from the Jacksonville area urged Trump to keep the conflict in Afghanstan to avoid losing more American lives.

"Let's fight these wars in places like Kabul, [otherwise] it will follow us home," he said. "I do not want to lose Americans fighting their way back in."