President Donald Trump tells reporters a time and place for his meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has been set and will be announced soon, as he leaves for Dallas to address the National Rifle Association, in Washington, Friday, May 4, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
On Monday, the President made a stunning statement, and not one necessarily geared toward de-escalation: As reported by USA Today, Trump claimed that the U.S. could wipe Afghanistan “off the face of the Earth.”
Words of peace?
Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office during a meeing with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Trump noted the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave’s ability to blow $#!* up:
“If we wanted to fight a war in Afghanistan and win it, I could win that war in a week. I just don’t want to kill 10 million people.”
Well. That’s nice of him.
Since 9/11, the U.S. has maintained a military presence in Afghanistan. However, the Trump administration’s been working toward an agreement with Pakistan allowing those forces to diminish.
Presently, approximately 14,000 U.S. personnel reside in the landlocked mountainous nation.
The Donald called America’s long run “ridiculous,” having crossed three presidencies.
The “off the earth” remark wasn’t exactly groundbreaking for Trump: In June, he told Meet the Press that a war with Iran would rain down “obliteration like you’ve never seen before.”
Though I expect he’s correct on both counts, hopefully we never find out if either statement is accurate.
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