VideoVoices of TexasVIDEO: Rep. Matt Schaefer on the Withdrawal of U.S. Troops from Afghanistan

State Rep. Matt Schaefer joins reporter Daniel Friend to discuss the withdrawal from Afghanistan under President Biden.
August 23, 2021
State Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler) joined The Texan’s reporter Daniel Friend to discuss the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and the ensuing chaos in Kabul.

“What happens in Afghanistan can hurt us here if we don’t pay attention to it. And we have to realize that a complete removal of all U.S. military presence there puts us in a dangerous position. We don’t even have an active embassy there now,” said Schaefer.

“So, withdrawal? Yes. But in my opinion, withdrawal to a basic force there that allows us to have an airport, allows us to have an embassy, and allows us to put out some fires that could hurt us.”

In addition to a discussion about Afghanistan and U.S. foreign policy, Schaefer also talked about the Democrats’ quorum break in the Texas House and the constitutional carry bill he authored, House Bill 1927, going into effect at the beginning of September.

Watch the full interview below:

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Michelle Arledge is the Marketing Manager for The Texan. Previously, she worked as the digital marketing manager for both the Manhattan Institute and City Journal magazine in New York City. A Dallas native, Michelle graduated from Baylor University in 2016 with a degree in political science. Outside of work, Michelle spends time worshipping coffee, singing show tunes, and hanging out with her husband and their two rescue dogs.