Trump fumed about Afghanistan in tense meeting

Marsha Scott
August 4, 2017

News reports that during a July 19 meeting in the situation room with his top national security advisers, President Trump repeatedly suggested that General John Nicholson, commander of the USA forces in Afghanistan, should be replaced because we're not winning the 16-year war.

Trump reportedly fumed about the lack of progress during a meeting last month with advisers and demanded to know what the end game would be in a war that has lasted 16 year so far, according to AP, NBC News, Reuters, and other media reports, citing anonymous usa officials, according to RFE/RL.

The atmosphere of the meeting was hot as the president said Defense Minister James Matisse and President of the Council of Army Chiefs General Joseph Dunford had to consider dismissing Nicholson because the United States did not end the war.

Trump has made it clear he doesn't like to lose, but that's exactly what he feels like is happening in the Afghanistan war, according to senior administration officials who spoke to NBC News. He at one point brought up what he said was an ill-advised closure of Manhattan's 21 Club restaurant, which he blamed on an expensive consultant. After a year, Trump said, the consultant's only suggestion was that the restaurant needed a bigger kitchen. He also startled the room with a story that seemed to compare their advice to that of a paid consultant who cost a tony NY restaurateur profits by offering bad advice. He suggested the owner should have talked to the waiters instead.

Trump blasted North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies in the two-hours long meeting and kept saying Nicholson should be axed.

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Notably, Trump is yet to meet General Nicholson, who was appointed to this position by his predecessor.

In an MSNBC interview, McMaster defended Nicholson.

Trump's deputy assistant, Sebastian Gorka, pushed back against these reports, saying that the president is "absolutely" confident of Nicholson's leadership. He even lashed out at Mattis, and said the losing ground in Afghanistan, the officials said.

"We've been there for now close to 17 years", he went on to say, "and I want to find out why we've been there for 17 years, how it's going, and what we should do in terms of additional ideas". The president, who was flying home from Germany on July 8, changed the plan and "personally dictated a statement in which Trump Jr. said he and the Russian lawyer had 'primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children, '" the Post said, citing unnamed people with knowledge of the deliberations.

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