BOISE — Former U.S. Army Sgt. Dan McKnight, 43, of Meridian, has gathered signatures across the state for a petition to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. On Wednesday, he questioned Risch what it would take for his support.
Risch responded that the president has signed authorization for negotiation with the Taliban that would bring the country closer to withdrawing troops.
“Hopefully, we get some good news out of those negotiations,” he said.
Risch also mentioned the inability to pull troops from Syria due to a remaining ISIS threat, the limited ability to respond to a terrorist attack if there were no presence in the country, and other international conflicts between American allies that the U.S. must navigate.