Published: Thu, August 03, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump Says US 'Losing' War in Afghanistan, Wants to Fire Top General

Trump Says US 'Losing' War in Afghanistan, Wants to Fire Top General

Trump was discussing a war strategy for the beleaguered country when he mentioned how the posh restaurant botched their restoration in the 1980s by hiring an expensive consultant, according to NBC News.

According to NBC News, Trump has not met Nicholson.

Trump has been resistant to the escalation calls, skeptical that they'll do anything to change the tide of the war, but also appears to be increasingly frustrated with Gen. Nicholson in particular, repeatedly suggesting during the meeting that Nicholson should be fired "because he is not winning" the conflict.

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The meeting grew stormy when Trump said Defense Secretary James Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford, a Marine general, should consider firing Army General John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, for not winning the war.

Presient Trump with Defense Secretary James Mattis during the commissioning ceremony of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford at Naval Station in Virginia.

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"After a year, Trump said, the consultant's only suggestion was that the restaurant needed a bigger kitchen", NBC reports. But Pentagon officials have been talking about extending his time in Afghanistan, according to NBC News.

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"I've known him for many years".

Mattis defended Nicholson, according to NBC, and also argued that the United States is losing because it doesn't have a strategy. Asked whether the president had confidence in Nicholson, McMaster said "absolutely".

But NBC said a Defense Department official confirmed that discussions are taking place about the general's future in Afghanistan.

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"If the president doesn't listen to the generals, like Gen. Nicholson and he goes down the road that President Obama went, Afghanistan is going to collapse", Graham added.

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