'We Are Killing Terrorists': Trump Shifts Focus from Afghanistan Nation-Building, Pressures Pakistan
By Brooke Singman | Fox News
President Trump outlined a comprehensive new strategy Monday night for achieving a “lasting peace” in Afghanistan – rejecting what he called “arbitrary timetables” for the U.S. troop presence, ratcheting up pressure on Pakistan to stop harboring militants and vowing to refocus the mission on “killing terrorists,” not nation-building.
The president said he will not openly discuss troop numbers, though a senior U.S. official confirmed to Fox News ahead of his address that he’s signed off on sending an additional 4,000 troops.
The president spoke to troops at Fort Myer, Va., in a televised national address.
He made clear he will not discuss particulars of military activities but vowed the military would have “the necessary tools and rules of engagement” to make the strategy in Afghanistan effective.