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Afghanistan - Trump - 2019

Trump, during his White House discussion with Pakistani Prime Imran Khan, declared that if he wanted to win the war in Afghanistan "I could win it in a week. I just don't want to kill 10 million people." The president warned that Afghanistan “would be wiped off the face of the Earth. It would be gone. It would be over, literally in 10 days. I don’t want to go that route.” Trump explained that the United States is not supposed to the world's policeman. "We’ve been there (Afghanistan) for 19 years. It’s ridiculous,” he said.

There has never been an accurate population census taken in Afghanistan, but Afghanistan’s population is estimated at 31 million people.

The Afghan government asked for clarification on Tuesday after President Donald Trump said he could win the 18-year war in 10 days but that "Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the earth." Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's office issued a statement asking for clarification, saying Afghanistan will never "allow any foreign power to determine its fate." The government of President Ashraf Ghani noted that Afghanistan expected its relationship with the United States to be “grounded on common interests and mutual respect.” Ghani’s government, facing a bruising re-election campaign this fall, indicated that it did not intend to let the matter drop. “The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will keep the Afghan public posted on the issue,” its statement said.

Rangin Dadfar Spanta, a national security adviser for Former President Hamid Karzai, told reporters on Tuesday that Trump’s words were “a terrible, racist political message.” He added “There is no need to brag that you can kill 10 million Afghans”.

The New York Times reported that "On the street and on social media, ordinary Afghans responded with a mix of fury and bewilderment. “He is not a sane person,” Khan Ali, 35, a street vendor, said of Mr. Trump. Mohammad Arif, 50, a shoemaker, said of the president’s comments: “This is in no way possible. Trump has a kind of madness.”"

The United States and Pakistan are jointly seeking a way to end the war in Afghanistan, U.S. President Donald Trump said alongside Khan in the Oval Office on 22 July 2019. “We’re working with Pakistan and others on getting an agreement signed” with the Taliban while the United States continues to “very slowly and very safely” reduce the number of its troops in Afghanistan, said Trump during his initial meeting with Khan at the White House.

The Pakistani prime minister declared “this is the closest we’ve been to a peace deal in Afghanistan. There’s no military solution in Afghanistan.” In the coming days, Khan added, there were hopes of getting “the Taliban to speak to the Afghan government.” Khan complimented Trump for his efforts, saying “he has forced people to end the war, to have a settlement” adding Pakistan has an important role to play as it shares a 2,400-kilometer border with Afghanistan. “We desperately want peace,” declared Khan. Khan requested the meeting with Trump to stress the need for a political solution to the protracted war in Afghanistan. Khan had long campaigned against the use of U.S. military force to resolve the conflict even before he came to power after last year’s elections in Pakistan.

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