US president Donald Trump on Wednesday stated that Russia and Pakistan should be fighting in Afghanistan, not the United States. The remarks were made at a cabinet meeting while he emphasized on the role of regional countries in Afghanistan.
“Russia used to be the Soviet Union. Afghanistan made it Russia because they went bankrupt fighting in Afghanistan,” President Trump said while also referring to India’s involvement in the country citing PM Modi, “constantly” telling the US President that India had “built a library in Afghanistan.”
“You know what that is? That’s like five hours of what we spend,” he said going on to add, “And we’re supposed to say, ‘Oh, thank you for the library.’ I don’t know who’s using it in Afghanistan.”
India however has spent some $3 billion in assistance to Afghanistan since US-led forces toppled the Taliban regime following the September 11 attacks.
President Trump also stated that he had “essentially” fired Defence Secretary Jim Mattis saying that he was not happy with the way the Secretary had handled Afghanistan.
Around 14,000 US troops are currently stationed in Afghanistan.
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Earlier reports of a major drawdown by the Trump administration is yet to be confirmed or denied by the US President.