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Afghanistan/USA – Trump’s Pledge to Exit Afghanistan Was a Ruse, His Final SecDef Says (Defense One)

Patrick Tucker

President Donald Trump’s top national security officials never intended to pull all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, according to new statements by Chris Miller, Trump’s last acting defense secretary. Miller said the president’s public promise to finish withdrawing U.S. forces by May 1, as negotiated with the Taliban, was actually a “play” that masked the Trump administration’s true intentions: to convince Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to quit or accept a bitter power-sharing agreement with the Taliban, and to keep some U.S. troops in Afghanistan for counterrorism missions.

Trump’s Pledge to Exit Afghanistan Was a Ruse, His Final SecDef Says – Defense One