The White House is “baring no fangs” about its strategy in Afghanistan, Trump told reporters Tuesday, as he urged allies to focus on securing their own futures.
The president was speaking to reporters at the White House as he continued to push his administration to move forward with plans to withdraw most of the nearly 2,400 U.N. and Afghan troops by the end of next year, though it remains to be seen how long that will take.
The U.A.E. military has not formally announced its intent to leave the country, but the Pentagon is exploring the possibility of doing so.
“We’re not saying now, ‘This is the end,’ but we’re not even talking about it,” the president said.
“What we’re talking about is how we’re going to do this.
We’re not going to just leave Afghanistan, we’re also going to have a great, long term future here in the United States.”
Trump made his comments on the sidelines of a meeting of the Council on Foreign Relations, an influential foreign policy think tank, during which he called on his counterparts to work with him on an endgame plan to secure the region.
“I want you to know that if you’re going into Afghanistan, you are going into a situation where there are no other options,” Trump said.
“We’re going there because it is a safe place to do it.
You can leave without killing anybody, you can leave with a lot of money, you could leave with nothing at all.
And that’s what we’re doing.
That’s the only way that you can get out of Afghanistan.”
Asked about whether the U.K. and the U,S.
should be prepared to leave in the event that they cannot secure Afghanistan, the president answered: “We should be able to do that.
But you have to be prepared.””
And then you go to Europe and you’re not doing anything.
You’re going back into Afghanistan.
You are leaving with nothing.
You have to have plans,” he said.
The President also said the U