Donald Trump said that the US has made “great progress” in ending the war in Afghanistan in talks with the Taliban in recent weeks, and expressed his contempt for the continued our military presence in Afghanistan.
After welcoming Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan at the Oval Office on Monday, downplayed the Trump American War, which lasted 18 years in Afghanistan as a war “where the United States as police officers, not soldiers”, and pointed out that the United States could end it quickly through brutal military force. That would leave “10 million people” dead. That was not an option he intended to follow.
“We’ve been there for 19 years and we’ve acted like police officers, not soldiers,” Trump said, distorting the duration of the war. “Again, if we wanted to be soldiers, we could finish this in one week, 10 days.”
Trump in a few moments suggested that he was presented with a plan that would win us war in Afghanistan in 10 days, but it would lead to huge casualties.
“We’re like cops. We’re not fighting a war. If we are to fight a war in Afghanistan won, I can win it within a week. I don’t want to kill 10 million people. Is that it? He said:
Instead, the US is pursuing a diplomatic strategy to end the war – through negotiations between the US and the Taliban held in Qatar – while continuing to exert military pressure on the Taliban.
Trump’s comments came when he first welcomed Khan to the White House on Monday with peace talks in Afghanistan and Pakistan’s support for a number of militant groups leading the agenda. High-ranking representatives of the administration said that Trump will put pressure on the Prime Minister of Pakistan to deal with militants in Pakistan and provide additional support in maintaining peace between the US and the Taliban. But while Trump said that Pakistan had previously “undermined” US efforts to fight the Taliban and other militants in Afghanistan, he suggested that futility was in the past.
“I don’t think Pakistan respected the USA, I don’t think Pakistan respected its presidents,” Trump said. “And I don’t blame them because they had to deal with the wrong presidents.”
Instead, trump touted Pakistan’s role in advancing progress in the US – Taliban talks in recent weeks and said he believes Pakistan will “help us get out of the war” in Afghanistan.
Khan, for his part, argued that now “we were closest to a peace agreement” in Afghanistan.
“We hope that in the coming days we will be able to convince the Taliban to talk to the Afghan government,” Khan said.
The relationship between USA and Pakistan for many years been in a difficult situation because of Pakistan’s relationship with the Taliban, hitting a low last year, when Trump has suspended US aid to Pakistan in the field of security due to the fact that the United States considered the failure of Pakistan to suppress the Taliban and other militant groups. works outside Pakistan.
Currently, the US does not plan to resume its security assistance to Pakistan unless concrete efforts are made to combat the Taliban and Haqqani network, a senior administration official said on Friday, although trump said on Monday that security assistance “may return depending on what.” we’re working. “
However, Khan’s invitation to meet with Trump in the White House is intended to show Pakistan that “the door is open to restore relations and build strong relations,” the official said. The meeting took place when US officials and Taliban leaders continue to hold several rounds of talks in Qatar aimed at ending the nearly 18-year-old US war in Afghanistan. The US insists that Pakistan use its leverage over the Taliban to encourage the militant group to conclude a peace agreement with the US.
Khan, a former cricket player who came to power in the summer of 2018, declared the corruption issue a signature. The administration spokesman said the US sees some positive initial steps in seizing militant assets, but the US hopes for more concrete steps in the future.
“Khan says the right things, but what we really need to see to prove that this is something else is the actual arrests and convictions, as well as the eviction of those Taliban and Haqqani leaders who do not support peace,” the official said.
On Friday, senior administration officials told reporters that Trump would also increase the sentence of Dr. Shakeel Afridi, the Pakistani doctor who helped the United States capture Osama bin Laden in 2011.
Afridi, who helped the CIA launch a fake hepatitis vaccination program that helped find bin Laden, was captured in the days following the RAID. Pakistan resisted our calls for his release. On Monday, Trump said he would raise the Afridi-Khan case.