On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” Todd noted the divisions within the GOP on the subject of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, noting that “Mitch McConnell was on one side” and “Donald Trump was on the other.”
“It’s pretty clear this probably would have been just as bad, if not worse, under what Trump wanted to do,” Todd told the panel. “He wanted to pull everyone out by Christmas. If he had won re-election, perhaps he might have done that.”
Todd then asked, “Is this a big blow for the isolationist wing of the GOP” and will it “weaken Trump’s hold over time?”
Washington Examiner columnist Kirsten Soltis Anderson responded by predicting a “resurgence” of a kind of Reagan-style “peace through strength approach” within the Republican Party if that wing feels that enemies abroad are emboldened by the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
“I would expect that Republican foreign policy is going to begin being more focused on projecting more strength around the world, not less,” Anderson said.