(NEW YORK) — Mitt Romney said he is a “concerned” about what may happen in Iraq following the troop withdrawal and said that President Barack Obama will be “vulnerable” when defending his economic policies during the general election in a wide-ranging interview on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.
In his first Sunday morning talk show appearance in nearly two years, Romney told Wallace that while he has a very “high threshold,” when it comes to sending U.S. troops into combat, he has reservations about Obama’s removal of troops from Iraq.
“I think we’re going to find that this president—by not putting in place a status in forces agreement with the Iraqi leadership—has pulled our troops out in a precipitous way and we should have left 10,000, 20,000, 30,000 personnel there to help transition to the Iraqis’ own military capabilities. I’m very concerned in this setting. I hope it works out. But I’m concerned.”
The Obama campaign responded to Romney’s remarks about Iraq, telling ABC News: “While he did not outline a mission for them in his foreign policy agenda, Governor Romney has made clear that he would leave our troops in Iraq indefinitely.”
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