Sen Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). Photo CHuck Kennedy/Axios

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) told Axios' Mike Allen at an Axios event Tuesday that he shares President Trump's frustration with U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan.

What he's saying: Cotton, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, defended Trump's desire to remove U.S. troops from the country despite pushback from the national security sector, saying "advisers advise and presidents decide" whether to follow their advance.

  • Sen. Cotton also said he was in favor of retaliatory action against Iran, and noted that he often advises Trump often on foreign policy: "I don’t want to see Iran continue up the escalatory ladder to the point where they are attacking a manned U.S. aircraft or U.S. Navy vessel in which case retaliatory action, which the president said will be swift."

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