President Trump is frustrated with his national security advisers and even suggested firing the top general leading U.S. efforts in Afghanistan for “losing” the war, according to a report.
The President, in a July 19 meeting at the White House, told his generals that Defense Secretary James Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, should replace Gen. John Nicholson because the U.S. is not winning the Afghan war, administration officials told NBC News.
“We aren’t winning,” Trump whined, the officials said. “We are losing.”
Trump blasted NATO allies in the two-hours long meeting and kept saying Nicholson should be axed. He even lashed out at Mattis, and said the U.S. is losing ground in Afghanistan, the officials said.
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At one point, Trump pointed to maps showing the Taliban’s heavy presence, with Mattis saying the U.S. was losing due to a lack of strategy. The White House has been crafting a plan for months.
“The president’s national security team is developing a comprehensive, integrated strategy for South Asia that utilizes all aspects of our national power to address this complex region,” a National Security Council spokesman told NBC.
“That strategy has been worked carefully in the interagency process and while no decision has been made the president’s team continues to develop options for him that addresses the threats and opportunities to America arising from this vital region,” the spokesman continued.
Trump is the third President to have inherited the 17-year war. Two Americans troops were killed in Afghanistan Wednesday when a suicide bomber plowed his vehicle into a NATO convoy. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
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