Cantor: “Solemn and Frank” Afghan Meeting

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-7th) says Congressional leaders talked in “fairly explicit” terms at a White House meeting Tuesday about the situation in Afghanistan.

In a conference call with reporters, the House minority whip said he told President Barack Obama that “the status quo obviously is very unacceptable.”

Cantor said he’s “committed to put politics aside” in the debate about whether the administration should direct more combat troops to Afghanistan — a decision Cantor wants to be resolved quickly.

“The decision-making process was well underway in earnest,” he said.

He also said President Obama outlined a goal of “dismantling al-Qaeda and its extremist allies,” though he said there was still discussion to be had about the relationship between the terrorist group and the Taliban.

“The president pledged that he wanted to keep Congress informed.”

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