But that will have to change, and that will change immediately,' Trump said.He called it one pillar of the strategy he mentioned: 'To change the approach in how to deal with Pakistan.Tensions grow between Afghanistan and Pakistan over cross-border Taliban attacks.President Barack Obama assumes office in 2009 and vows to refocus efforts in Afghanistan by protecting Afghan civilians rather than hunting down the Taliban.S., make America great again.'Later that year, he wrote: 'We should leave Afghanistan immediately. If we have to go back in, we go in hard & quick. Rebuild the US first.' Trump's new policy got finalized at Camp David on Friday. 'It seems like 2011 all over again,' retired Army Col. 'We're kicking the can not just down the road, but around in a circle,' said Koenda, who did four tours in Afghanistan. 'From now on, victory will have a clear definition: attacking our enemies. And stopping mass terror attacks against America before they emerge,' the president said.
Trump pointed to the extraordinary sacrifice of 'blood and treasure' on the effort – which has included billions spent and thousands of lives lost. 'I share the American people's frustration,' he said. But recently ousted White House strategic adviser Steve Bannon had argued for the withdrawal of all U. forces, saying that after 16 years, the war was still not winnable, U. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson phoned top diplomats in Pakistan and India.'Let it come,' Pakistani army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said, AFP reported. Pakistan shall do whatever is best in the national interest,' he added. Mc Master (left) and former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon were at odds over whether to increase America's military presence in Afghanistan or pull out entirely Trump has long been skeptical of how the United States is fighting the war in Afghanistan, which was launched by President George W. Afghan security forces have struggled to prevent advances by Taliban forces. military and intelligence officials are concerned that a Taliban victory over Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's government would allow al-Qaeda and ISIS's regional affiliate to establish bases in Afghanistan from which to plot attacks against the United States and its allies.'What we need to do is make sure that Afghanistan isn't a breeding ground for things that can come back and hurt us or our allies,' Senator Tim Kaine, a Democrat and member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, told MSNBC.He called for victory and use of overwhelming force, but made no specific mention of dispatching thousands of new American troops to boost the effort, saying levels would be based on conditions on the ground.After a strategy review finalized with top advisors at Camp David, Trump revealed what he called a 'path forward' and a 'dramatically' different approach.I will not say when we are going to attack, but attack we will,' he said. 'These killers need to know they have no place to hide,' Trump said. forces have remained bogged down there through the presidencies of Bush, Barack Obama and now Trump.'I took over a mess, and we're going to make it a lot less messy,' Trump said when asked about Afghanistan earlier this month.Accompanying Trump were national security advisor H. Mc Master, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, UN ambassador Nikki Haley, and acting communications director Hope Hicks, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. But Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has argued that a U. military presence is needed to protect against a continuing threat from Islamist militants. A Pakistani army spokesman said on Monday that Pakistan has taken action against all Islamist militants including the Haqqani network, which is allied to Afghan Taliban insurgents.'There are no terrorist hideouts in Pakistan.