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After Years of Calling for Full Withdrawal Trump to Announce Afghanistan Troop Increase

Donald Trump, US President set to announce Afghanistan policy

U.S. President Donald Trump will this evening announce a plan to increase the number of troops to Afghanistan by 4,000. This goes against his call the last few years for U.S. to completely withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan.

This adds to a long list of promises broken by this president.

Trump won the 2016 election promising an “America First” policy but sending additional 4,000 troops that he is set to announce goes against that premise.

Former chief strategist, Steve Bannon was staunchly opposed to the idea of sending additional troops to Afghanistan, preferring to use private contractors.

Sources close to the White House said the about-face was due to Trump’s desire not to be the president who lost Afghanistan.

“The president has made a decision,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters on an overnight flight that arrived in Amman, Jordan, over the weekend. “I am very comfortable that the strategic process was sufficiently rigorous.”

See also: U.S. Jewish Senator tells Trump’s Jewish Cabinet Members to Resign.

Five years ago, Trump tweeted: “Why are we continuing to train these Afghanis who then shoot our soldiers in the back? Afghanistan is a complete waste. Time to come home!”

“We should have a speedy withdrawal. Why should we keep wasting our money — rebuild the U.S.!” Mr. Trump tweeted about Afghanistan in January 2013.

Below are some of the times Trump blasted former president, Barack Obama’s Afghanistan policy while calling for the U.S. to withdraw.



The Staff of The Liberal Advocate News




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