President Trump to outline Afghanistan strategy in primetime address

President Trump to outline Afghanistan strategy in primetime address

The Trump administration, wary of worldwide involvements but eager for progress in the grueling Afghan war, has been weighing a range of options.

Following the White House's statement, officials expect Trump to announce the strategy that would meet the requests of commanders in the field and authorize the deployment of around 4,000 more U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the CBS broadcaster reported.

Parties to Friday's talks at the Maryland presidential retreat included Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Vice President Mike Pence, who cut short a trip to South America to attend.

"If we were to pull all our troops from Afghanistan it would be a disaster for our national security interests and set the stage for another 9/11 on American soil", the South Carolina Republican said in a statement.

Mattis was authorized in June to deploy about 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, but any significant buildup has been on hold pending the broad strategic review.

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Gen. John Nicholson's exhortation of continued support for the Afghans suggested the Pentagon may have won its argument that America's military must stay engaged in the conflict in order to insure terrorists don't once again threaten the USA from safe havens in Afghanistan.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump would address the American people at 9 p.m. ET on Monday from Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia.

The war veteran has been consistently disapproving of President Donald Trump's lack of a master plan for Afghanistan. "We're now six months into this administration".

Meanwhile the situation is as deadly as ever, with more than 2,500 Afghan police and troops killed between January 1 and May 8, continuing a deadly trend from previous years.

A lot of the attention initially focused on whether the Trump administration would add more US troops.

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"Previous experiences have shown that sending more troops to Afghanistan will not result in anything other than further destruction of American military and economic might", the letter stated.

Trump has expressed frustration over the lack of a clear way forward as the war drags into its 16th year.

Other options include withdrawing them altogether, leaving private military contractors to help manage security. His own plan is centered on adding almost 4,000 more troops and increased air power. "Many decisions made, including on Afghanistan", Trump tweeted on Saturday. He did not offer any details, saying that would come from the president.

After the attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center in 2001, the United States sent in troops to oust the Taliban government because it sheltered the operation's planner, Osama bin Laden.

The White House said Friday that Trump was "studying and considering his options" for a new approach to the regions.

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Mr Tankel said outsourcing the battle in Afghanistan was the "worst of all options" open to the Trump administration. Gen. John W. Nicholson, the commander of the American-led worldwide force in Afghanistan, told Congress in February that the United States and its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies were facing a "stalemate".

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