Trump Says US 'Losing' Afghan War in Tense Meeting With Generals

Trump Says US 'Losing' Afghan War in Tense Meeting With Generals

Trump Says US 'Losing' Afghan War in Tense Meeting With Generals

President Trump is frustrated with his national security advisers and even suggested firing the top general leading USA efforts in Afghanistan for "losing" the war, according to a report.

In addition, once the meeting concluded, Trump's chief strategist, Steve Bannon, got into what one official called "a shouting match" with White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster over the direction of USA policy.

But apparently, the "big ideas" that most resonated with Trump during the meeting were inspired by a recent meeting with Afghan War veterans.

News first reported Wednesday that Trump fumed during a meeting last month over the lack of progress.

Mattis, McMaster and other top aides are putting together answers to Trump's questions in a way to try to get him to approve the strategy, the officials said.

Six months ago, Gen Nicholson testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee and warned that the United States was not winning the war in Afghanistan, said Trump who differed with both Trump and his predecessor Barack Obama on the U.S. policy in Afghanistan.

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"Two Pentagon officials close to Mattis said he returned from the White House that morning visibly upset".

Despite their best efforts, US military leaders have yet to provide Trump with a strategy that he trusts that will lead to victory.

"One senior administration official said the president mentioned the restaurant in an attempt to convey to his advisers that sometimes the best advice comes from those working day-to-day in a place, rather than those who are farther removed", according to NBC News.

An NBC report details Trump's comments about the war, signaling disappointment that despite giving his generals military authority to advance in Afghanistan, the United States continues to lose ground to the Taliban. "That afternoon, the walk took longer than usual", the officials said. John McCain, R-Arizona, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who put the blame for failures in Afghanistan on the White House.

US President Donald Trump wants to fire General John Nicholson, his top commander in Afghanistan, as he believes Taliban is increasingly gaining ground in the war-torn country, a media report said. "And he has earned my full confidence", McCain said. He has earned the trust and admiration of those he has served with. In response, the defense secretary said the U.S. was losing because the war in Afghanistan it did not have the required strategy.

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