Rep. John Kline returned from a five-day trip to Afghanistan on Wednesday, where he and five other congressmen met with military officials and U.S. troops to discuss the ongoing conflict.
The delegation spent most of its fact-finding tour in Kabul and Kandahar, where they talked with officials about reconstruction efforts and training the Afghanistan army and police, among other issues.
The trip was Kline’s fifth to Afghanistan and his seventh to the region, said his spokesman, Troy Young.
Kline, who is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, was accompanied by Republicans Duncan Hunter of California and Dave Reichert of Washington, and Democrats Larry Kissell of North Carolina, Martin Heinrich of New Mexico and Frank Kratovil of Maryland.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."