Donald Trump Signals Frustration with Generals After Lack of Progress in Afghanistan

Trump says US ‘losing’ war in Afghanistan wants top brass reshuffle – reports

U.S. President Donald Trump recently proposed firing the top U.S. Army commander in Afghanistan out of frustration that the war against the Taliban there remains stalemated, media reports said on August 2.

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. This is hard work, so you've got to get it right.

Over almost two hours in the situation room, according to the officials, Trump complained about North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, inquired about the United States getting a piece of Afghan's mineral wealth and repeatedly said the top USA general there should be fired.

"I'm going to be talking to you about Afghanistan, what you think, your views", Trump said as he sat down for lunch, telling reporters, "These are people on the ground - know it probably better than anybody". Trump's predecessors also struggled with the task of stabilizing the country and bringing USA troops home.

According to Politico, McMaster has been trying to sell Trump on an Afghanistan plan for months, but seems "out of sync with his mercurial president".

Asserting that the prime reason for America's failure in Afghanistan is a "lack of successful policy and strategic guidance" from Washington, Top Republican Senator John McCain on Thursday urged the White House to resolve its internal differences on the Afghan policy. "And he has earned my full confidence", McCain said as he referred to the testimony of Nicholson before the Armed Services Committee.

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The White House has been crafting a plan for months.

"We aren't winning", he told them, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Trump has always been a skeptic of lingering US involvement in foreign wars and has expressed little interest in deploying military forces without a specific plan on what they will do and for how long.

Trump compared the situation to the renovation of 21 Club in 1987, when the elite restaurant closed its doors and hired an expensive consultant.

"We've been there for now close to 17 years", he went on to say, "and I want to find out why we've been there for 17 years, how it's going, and what we should do in terms of additional ideas". "I can't imagine a more capable commander in any, on any mission".

It said the statement, issued to the New York Times as it prepared to publish the story, emphasized that the subject of the meeting was "not a campaign issue at the time".

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