During a visit with the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday, Trump commented on a range of subjects, including the upcoming testimony of former special counsel Robert Mueller and the war in Afghanistan.
The meeting was Khan’s first as Pakistan’s prime minister. The two leaders are reportedly attempting “to mend relations mired in mutual distrust and restoring financial support cut off by the US president,” according to The Guardian.
Trump said US aid could be restored to Pakistan “depending on what’s worked out.”
“The problem was Pakistan wasn’t doing anything for us. They were subversive,” he said. “To be honest, I think we have a better relationship with Pakistan right now than when we were paying that money. That money can come back.”
Trump also said there is hope for peace talks with the Taliban. A White House statement acknowledged: “Pakistan has made efforts to facilitate the Afghanistan peace talks, and we are going to ask them to do more.”
Regarding the war in Afghanistan, Trump said he has plans which would allow him to end the conflict in days, but he doesn’t want to hurt millions of people to do it.
“Pakistan’s going to help us out to extricate ourselves,” Trump said at an Oval Office meeting with Khan. “We’re like policemen. We’re not fighting a war. If we wanted to fight a war in Afghanistan and win it, I could win that war in a week. But I don’t want to kill 10 million people. Afghanistan could be wiped off the face of the earth. I don’t want to go that route.”
Trump was also asked about Mueller’s testimony.
“No I’m not going to be watching, probably, maybe I’ll see a little bit of it,” Trump told reporters regarding Mueller’s testimony. “I’m not going to be watching Mueller because you can’t take all those bites out of the apple. We had no collusion, no obstruction. We had no nothing, we had a total no collusion finding. The Democrats were devastated by it they went crazy they’ve gone off the deep end they’re not doing anything they’re not doing health care.”
“Robert Mueller, I know he’s conflicted,” Trump continued. “He had, there’s a lot of conflicts that he’s got, including the fact that his best friend is Comey. But he’s got conflicts with me too. He’s got big conflicts with me. As you know he wanted the job of the FBI director, he didn’t get it.”
“We had a business relationship where I said no,” Trump added. “And I would say that he wasn’t happy. Then all of the sudden he gets this position, but you know what he still ruled and I respect him for it, he still ruled no collusion no obstruction. And this thing should have ended a long time ago.”