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”

Fri, Aug 18, 2017: Steve Bannon, WH chief strategist, fired

Steve Bannon is leaving his post as senior adviser on Friday, according to the White House, ending a turbulent tenure for the anti-immigration advocate and economic nationalist who clashed other advisers since the beginning of President Trump’s term.

“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day. We are grateful for his service and wish him the best,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

The news of Bannon’s removal comes after days of intense pressure to remove him from his White House after clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, and just two days after the volatile senior adviser gave an extraordinary interview in which he attacked colleagues and undercut administration positions on China and North Korea.

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