The following is an excerpt from MEGHAN KENEALLY | August 22, 2017 | abcnews.go.com |
President Donald Trump spoke Monday about his administration's Afghanistan strategy for the first time since he took office, and while there were some clear pronouncements, a number of details remain unknown to the public.
He has repeatedly criticized the Obama administration for revealing its military plans in a number of different areas, including Afghanistan, so Trump's decision to keep certain details under wraps comes as little surprise.
Here is a rundown of the five biggest takeaways from Monday night's speech.
1. The US military will maintain its presence in Afghanistan
Trump was previously a vocal critic of the war in Afghanistan, but he reiterated Monday that there are no immediate plans for the U.S. to withdraw.
"Our nation must seek an honorable and enduring outcome worthy of the tremendous sacrifices that have been made, especially the sacrifices of lives," he said. "The men and women who serve our nation in combat deserve a plan for victory. They deserve the tools they need and the trust they have earned to fight and to win."
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