Trump warned that the approach would now be more pragmatic than idealistic. “We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting,” he said. The Trump administration had originally promised a new Afghan plan by mid-July, but Trump was said to be dissatisfied by initial proposals to deploy a few thousand more troops. More than 2,500 Afghan police and troops have been killed already this year. One of the main voices arguing for withdrawal, Trump’s nationalistic chief strategist Steve Bannon, was removed from his post on Friday.
Source: Manila Times August 22, 2017 02:26 UTC