After Years of Calling for Full Withdrawal Trump to Announce Afghanistan Troop Increase
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.”
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.
Ron Paul is right when he says we are wasting lives and money in Iraq and Afghanistan.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2011
Afghanistan is a total disaster. We don't know what we are doing. They are, in addition to everything else, robbing us blind.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2012
Remember while @BarackObama is lauding himself tonight with self-indulgent compliments we have our brave soldiers fighting in Afghanistan.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2012
Let’s get out of Afghanistan. Our troops are being killed by the Afghanis we train and we waste billions there. Nonsense! Rebuild the USA.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2013
We should leave Afghanistan immediately. No more wasted lives. If we have to go back in, we go in hard & quick. Rebuild the US first.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2013
Our gov't is so pathetic that some of the billions being wasted in Afghanistan are ending up with terrorists http://t.co/bso3k1pR7l
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2013
Do not allow our very stupid leaders to sign a deal that keeps us in Afghanistan through 2024-with all costs by U.S.A. MAKE AMERICA GREAT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2013
Now Obama is keeping our soldiers in Afghanistan for at least another year. He is losing two wars simultaneously.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2014
A suicide bomber has just killed U.S. troops in Afghanistan. When will our leaders get tough and smart. We are being led to slaughter!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2015
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