RADCLIFF, Ky. (WDRB) -- U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell made a special appearance at Fort Knox, but he didn't leave without touching on some hot button issues.

The Senate Majority Leader received a warm welcome from Ft. Knox supporters Tuesday afternoon, many of whom just wanted to say thank you.

In 2013, the Department of Defense requested funding from Congress to build a new medical facility for Fort Knox.

McConnell said the administration made several decisions that put the project in doubt.

"But I saw to it that the project stayed on course and the plans were developed to meet the needs of the Fort Knox community and I'm very pleased that DOD is now committed to building an $80 million state of the art facility and the authorization of the project has been signed into law by the president," said McConnell.

Congress also approved $23 million to add a new middle school to Fort Knox High School.

Overall, McConnell believes people at the army post have a lot to be proud of.

"But I don't feel quite as good about where America stands in the world these days," McConnell admitted. 

It wasn't long before he expressed his views on the state of the union and foreign policy.

He says he visited Iraq and Afghanistan twice this year and noticed "substantial deterioration."

"There isn't an easy answer to this but let me tell you what will not work. Giving up and coming home," McConnell said. “So whoever the next president may be I hope will take a different course. In the meantime I'm among those who are trying to combine the current president not to make the same mistake in Afghanistan that he made in Iraq.”

While addressing how the nation will move forward, he brought up the 2016 presidential election.

“Are we as a country happy with where we are both domestically and overseas? If we are then I think Secretary Clinton is the logical choice if you think that's the best we can do. But if you want a different direction both at home and abroad, I think that’s what it ought to about this November,” said McConnell.

He later opened up the floor for questions.

Many of the AUSA members wanted to know more about the Fort Knox funding.

“These important projects are consistent with the long term strategy that many of us share at our post here: improving infrastructure to benefit army personnel and to help protect the installation in any future army downsizing," McConnell explained.

Fort Knox officials say the middle school and state of the art clinic should be complete by 2018.

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