Thur, Sept 21, 2017: Trump meets with Afghan president, touts ‘great progress’ amid troop surge

President Trump during a meeting with Afghanistan’s president on Thursday touted the “great progress” in the conflict there as the U.S. prepares to send more troops.

“We are working very well together, we are working very hard,” Trump said. “Our military is as you know over there right now and doing really an incredible job, more of leadership than fighting. We are leading a lot of wonderful Afghan troops who are fighting very hard … and great progress is being made.”

Still, sitting next to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the United Nations, Trump described Afghanistan as a “hornet’s nest” for terror groups in comments one day after the Pentagon announced it will be sending 3,000 additional U.S. troops to the country. Continue reading “Thur, Sept 21, 2017: Trump meets with Afghan president, touts ‘great progress’ amid troop surge”

Thur, Sept 21, 2017: Trump meets with leaders of Afghanistan, Ukraine, S. Korea, Japan, and Turkey

In the morning, President Trump heads back to the New York Palace Hotel where he will meet – separately – with the leaders of Afghanistan, Ukraine, and South Korea.

The president will also have a working lunch and meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister and then meet with the president of Turkey.

He then heads to the Wall Street Heliport where Marine One will take him back to his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Mon, Aug 21, 2017: In address to nation, Trump recommits to fight in Afghanistan

President Donald Trump’s plan to end America’s longest war and eliminate Afghanistan’s rising extremist threat involves sending up to 3,900 additional U.S. troops, senior officials said Tuesday. The first deployments could take place within days.

In a national address Monday night, Trump reversed his past calls for a speedy exit and recommitted the United States to the 16-year-old conflict, saying U.S. troops must “fight to win.” He warned against repeating what he said were mistakes in Iraq, where an American military withdrawal led to a vacuum that the Islamic State group quickly filled.

Trump would not confirm how many more service members he plans to send to Afghanistan, which may be the public’s most pressing question about his strategy. In interviews with television networks Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence similarly wouldn’t give any clear answer, but he cited Pentagon plans from June calling for 3,900 more troops. Continue reading “Mon, Aug 21, 2017: In address to nation, Trump recommits to fight in Afghanistan”

Fri, Aug 18, 2017: Trump reviews possible strategies for Afghan war at Camp David

President Donald Trump returns a salute upon his arrival at Hagerstown Regional Airport in Hagerstown, Md., on Air Force One, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, en route to nearby Camp David, for a meeting with his national security team to discuss strategy for South Asia, including India, Pakistan and the way forward in Afghanistan. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP)

President Donald Trump is “studying and considering his options” for a new approach to Afghanistan and the broader South Asia region, the White House said Friday after the president huddled with his top national security aides at Camp David.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a brief statement saying Trump had been briefed extensively on a new strategy to “protect America’s interests” in the region. She did not specifically mention Afghanistan. Continue reading “Fri, Aug 18, 2017: Trump reviews possible strategies for Afghan war at Camp David”

Thur, July 20, 2017: Trump meets with Pentagon officials on ISIS, Afghanistan

The battle being waged against Islamic State is going “very well” and the terrorist group is “falling fast,” President Donald Trump said Thursday.

The top-level national security meeting lasted about two hours and is believed to have covered everything from the ongoing war in Afghanistan to the battle against ISIS, or the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

One of the topics believed to have been discussed is whether to send thousands of new U.S. troops to fight in Afghanistan.

When asked by reporters about whether more troops would be deployed, Trump responded, “We’ll see,” according to NBC News. He also was upbeat on the fight against ISIS: “We’re doing very well against ISIS. ISIS is falling fast. Very fast.” Continue reading “Thur, July 20, 2017: Trump meets with Pentagon officials on ISIS, Afghanistan”

Thur, Feb. 9, 2017: Trump calls Afghan president

U.S. President Donald Trump and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani discussed opportunities to strengthen ties, security, counterterrorism cooperation and economic development during a telephone call on Thursday, the White House said in a statement.

Trump also emphasized the continuing importance of the U.S.-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership and his support for the government, the statement said.

–Reuters, Eric Walsh