President Donald Trump offered a new vision for “lasting peace” in Afghanistan – shifting from “arbitrary timetables” to conditions on the ground for the U.S. troop presence, increasing pressure on Pakistan to stop harboring militants and promising to focus on “killing terrorists,” not nation-building.
Although a senior U.S. official confirmed to Fox News before Trump’s address that he’s signed off on sending an additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan, the president said he will not openly discuss troops numbers like previous administrations.
“America’s enemies will never know our plans. I will not say when we are going to attack, but attack we will,” Trump said.
The commander-in-chief spoke to troops at Fort Myer, Virginia, with top cabinet members also in the audience, in a televised national address.
He made clear he will not discuss particulars of military activities but vowed the military would have “the necessary tools and rules of engagement” to make the strategy in Afghanistan effective.
“We are not nation-building again,” Trump said. “We are killing terrorists.”
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