Donald Trump Afghanistan policy: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday heaped praise on India for its contribution in Afghanistan and said New Delhi is a key security and economic partner of America, according to CNN. He said that US will develop a deeper strategic partnership with India. Trump also wanted New Delhi to help the US more in Afghanistan. Trump has lashed out at Pakistan saying it often gave safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror, according to Reuters. In a stern message to Islamabad, Trump said that US can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens to terrorist organizations. In an address to the nation, Trump said his administration can not repeat the mistake US made in Iraq in Afghanistan. He also asserted that a hasty withdrawal of forces would create a vacuum that terrorists would fill.
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Earlier, President Trump had signed off on sending 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan, according to Reuters report.
During the speech, Trump, said his new approach was aimed at preventing Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for Islamist militants bent on attacking the United States. He also laid out a tougher approach to US policy toward Pakistan. President Trump overcame his own doubts about the war that began in October 2001 after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. He said repeatedly on the campaign trail last year that the war was too costly in lives and money. “My original instinct was to pull out,” he said in his speech, but added that he was convinced by his national security advisers to strengthen the US ability to prevent the Taliban from ousting the US-backed government in Kabul.