Trump Emphasizes His Desire For Afghans to Handle Their Own Security

US President Donald Trump has said that Afghans should provide their security themselves.

Asked if he was concerned that the peace effort was unraveling, Trump stressed his desire for Afghans to handle their own security rather than relying on U.S. forces.

“We’ve been there for many years, we’re like a police force. We’re not fighting in Afghanistan, we’re a police force in Afghanistan and at some point they’re going to have to be able to take care of their country,” he told reporters.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper also said on Twitter on Wednesday that the United States remained committed to a “lasting peace” in Afghanistan and “stand by our Afghan partners.”

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