WASHINGTON D.C. (ABC NEWS) – President Trump addressed the nation last night laying out his strategy for the 16 year war in Afghanistan.
The Commander-in-Chief committed to remaining in that fight and sending more American Troops to the country but offered few details of how that would play out.
In a prime-time address to the nation, President Trump placed his own stamp on the 16 year war in Afghanistan. The president said “We are not nation building again. We are killing terrorists.”
With U.S. Troops sitting before him, the Commander-in-Chief made it clear he’s listening to his generals, who said the way to beat the Taliban and Isis, is with more boots on the ground.
The announcement marks a stark reversal from Mr. Trump’s position as a private citizen where he said “What are we doing,let’s get with it. Get out of Afghanistan.”
After consulting his national security team, including a recent meeting at Camp David seen in this White House montage, the president admits he’s changed his mind. He said “My original instinct was to pull out, but all my life I’ve heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the oval office.”
The president did not say how many more U.S. Troops he would send to Afghansitan, but has given that authority to Defense Secretary James Mattis, who favors adding around 4,000 more troops.
One other thing not provided is a timeline for withdrawing U.S. Troops. Trump said “We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities.”
Democrats pounced on the lack of specificity. Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown tweeted, ‘a commitment to ‘win’ is not a clear strategy, and our troops on the ground in Afghanistan deserve more.’
The president also placed new pressure on Pakistan for sheltering terrorists, saying that must change.