“It’s depressing that 16 years after the U.S. intervened in Afghanistan, the Taliban is not only still alive, but ascendant,” Trump said.
“We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan. Their government has zero appreciation. Let's get out!”
"We are not nation building again. We are killing terrorists," the U.S. President said.
Trump has decisively rejected a total withdrawal. He also has properly rebuffed hare-brained suggestions — advanced by former strategist Steve Bannon — that he entrust much of the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan to private contractors. Instead, the U.S. will use American troops — to be increased from 8,400 to approximately 12,000 — to train and assist Afghan forces while pressing Pakistan to deny shelter to fighters from the Taliban and the Haqqani network.
Earlier it was reported that Trump approved the decision to send additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan.