President Donald Trump cleared the way for the deployment of thousands more US troops to Afghanistan on Monday, backtracking from his promise to swiftly end America’s longest war, while pillorying ally Pakistan for offering safe haven to terrorists.
He also admitted that things looked different from “behind the desk in the Oval Office” and discarded his previous criticism of the 16-year-old war as a waste of time and money.
“My instinct was to pull out” he admitted as frustrated Trump talked about the war that has killed thousands of US troops and wasted trillions of dollars US taxpayers.
Secretary Tillerson: We look to #Pakistan to take decisive action against militant groups based in Pakistan that are a threat to the region.
— Department of State (@StateDept) August 22, 2017