Trump announces Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his National Security Adviser at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach Thomson Reuters
Business Insider: Trump Is Sending National Security Adviser H R McMaster To Afghanistan
President Donald Trump is sending his national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to Afghanistan, according to Military Times.
Trump announced the move during a press conference with NATO Secretary Gen. Jans Stoltenberg. McMaster’s trip will focus on assessing whether more U.S. forces are needed to turn around the war in Afghanistan, which has been ongoing since late 2001.
In February, Army Gen. John Nicholson told Congress he needed a “few thousand” more troops in order to break what he called a “stalemate” with the Taliban.
There are about 8,400 U.S. troops there, along with 5,000 from NATO allies.
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Update #1: Amid calls for more boots on the ground, Trump will send top adviser to Afghanistan (Military Times)
Update #2: Afghan officials seek clues on Trump as adviser heads to Kabul (Reuters)
WNU Editor: I would not be surprised if National Security Adviser H R McMaster also visits this country (among a few others) .... U.S. NSA McMaster likely to visit Pakistan (Business Standard).