Rep. Gaetz doubles down on bringing US troops home from Somalia: ‘Not a vital national security concern’

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Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., has doubled down on his calls to pull U.S. soldiers from Somalia, saying on Twitter that the country is not a “vital national security concern.”

“The US has had a military presence in Somalia since 1992, but it’s been a costly and mostly fruitless endeavor,” Gaetz wrote. “Somalia is entrenched in violence and political instability that has persisted for decades, and there seems to be no end in sight.”

The Florida Republican added: “The United States has a responsibility to protect its citizens and defend its interests, but Somalia is not a vital national security concern.”

“Instead of pouring more resources into a never-ending conflict, the US should prioritize its own needs and focus on issues that directly impact our neighbors,” he concluded. “It is time to bring our troops home and let Somalia find its own path to stability.”