"I campaigned on bringing our soldiers back home, and that's what I'm doing.... You know, we're in many countries, many, many countries. I -- I'm embarrassed to tell you how many. I know the exact number, but I'm embarrassed to say it because it's so foolish. We're in countries -- we're protecting countries that don't even like us. They take advantage of us. They don't pay; nothing.... And some people, whether it's -- you call it the military-industrial complex or -- or beyond that, they'd like me to stay.... They want me to fight forever. And they do very well fighting. That's what they want to do, fight. A lot of companies want to fight because they make their weapons based on fighting, not based on peace. "
Donald Trump, 16 October 2019