President Donald Trump paid a surprise Thanksgiving trip to Afghanistan, where he declared the U.S. and Taliban were engaged in ongoing peace talks and said he considers the Taliban needs a ceasefire.
In his very first visit to the website of America’s longest war, Trump arrived in Bagram Air Field shortly after 8:30 p.m. local time Thursday and spent over two-and-a-half hours on the floor, serving turkey, thanking the soldiers and sitting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
According to convention, reporters were under strict instructions to keep the trip a key to make sure his security in the nation. Around 12,000 U.S. forces stay in Afghanistan.
His first stop was a dining hall in which he plated walked and boiled down for a dinner.
Throughout his trip, Trump said the U.S. and Taliban were engaged in peace talks and insisted that the Taliban wish to make a deal following hefty U.S. fire in recent months.
“We are meeting them,” he explained. “And we are saying it needs to be a ceasefire. And they do not wish to perform a ceasefire, but they do need to perform a ceasefire, ” I think… and we will see what happens.”
That ended a nearly yearlong attempt by the U.S. to achieve a political settlement with the Taliban, the team that shielded al-Qaida extremists in Afghanistan, prompting U.S. military actions following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. U.S. and global forces are on the floor ever since.
It wasn’t immediately clear how lengthy or meaningful the U.S. reengagement with the Taliban was.
Trump conducted his 2016 campaign promising to finish the country’s”endless wars” and was compelling to draw troops from Afghanistan and in the Middle East, despite protests from leading U.S. officials, Trump’s Democratic allies in Washington and several U.S. allies overseas. For weeks now, he’s described American forces as”policemen” and contended that other nations’ wars ought to be theirs to wage.
Tens of thousands of Afghan civilians and over 2,400 American service members have been killed since the war started 18 decades back.
Trump said he had been moving with a strategy to decrease U.S. troop amounts to roughly 8,600, telling reporters we are”bringing down the number of troops “
Ghani thanked the Americans who’ve created the”ultimate sacrifice” in Afghanistan
The White House took pains to keep the trip a secret following Trump’s cover has been dismissed a year after Air Force One was seen en route to Iraq with an amateur British excursion watcher.
His regular altered 747 painted from the white and blue of Air Force One stayed parked on the tarmac in West Palm Beach Airport.