President Trump, Pence urge US military to remain in Afghanistan
The United States should stay in Afghanistan, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence told their troops in a letter sent Wednesday.
The letter came hours after a senior Pentagon official told Congress that the United States would remain in the country through the end of the year.
It comes after the White House ordered all troops out of Afghanistan by the end and warned that a troop surge in the coming months could have serious consequences.
Trump and Pence sent the letter to the U.S. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps and to the National Guard and Reserve, saying that the current situation is unsustainable.
“The time is ripe for all members of the Armed Forces to return to their respective home countries, return home to their families and begin to rebuild their lives and their communities,” the letter said.
“It is time to move forward and move forward together, in a way that brings our troops home safely, for our people, and to protect our homeland.”
Trump signed the letter on Wednesday, a day after Trump and his wife, Melania, held a brief visit to the United Kingdom, where they were greeted with warm welcome by hundreds of thousands of British citizens.
The two presidents visited Afghanistan last month in the first leg of a three-country tour, but the White Senate on Wednesday did not say what, if anything, the Trump administration planned to do in the final days of the trip.
“There is a very important job to be done.
We need to get the job done,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on CNN.
“We’re going to do what we can and move the job forward.”
“Our goal is to get them back to the battlefield and to have a lasting peace and security for the country,” Sanders said.
Sanders said the president and the vice president also discussed the “vast and complex” humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.
She said the U