Russia not impressed with Trump’s Afghanistan strategy

One day after President Trump addressed the American people regarding his plans for Afghanistan, news outlets are reporting that Russian officials don’t think Trump’s strategy will result in positive changes.

Trump on Monday announced that he would not pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan and said he is committed to a new strategy aimed at winning the nation’s longest war. He explained that a rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Muslim-heavy country would create a new safe haven for terrorists.

As a candidate, Donald Trump made it clear that he felt the United States shouldn’t be involved in a war in Afghanistan, calling America’s involvement there a “wrong decision” during a rally in North Carolina last year.

“For years, we have been caught up in endless wars and conflicts under the leadership of failed politicians and a failed foreign policy establishment in Washington, D.C.,” he said back then, noting, “The same people who made every wrong decision in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Egypt, China and Russia are the same people who are advising Hillary Clinton.”

Since taking the Oval Office, however, President Trump has changed his mind. In his prime-time address, Trump admitted that his “original instinct was to pull out” but added that one’s point of view is different “when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office.”

“From now on, victory will have a clear definition: attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing Al Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over Afghanistan, and stopping mass terror attacks against America,” he said.

“The American people are weary of war without victory. I share the American people’s frustration,” said Trump, adding, “In the end, we will fight, and we will win.”

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