On Monday evening, President Donald Trump addressed the nation on live television regarding the country’s mission in Afghanistan. During the speech, Trump announced he will not pull out U.S. troops and that he is committed to a new strategy to win the longest war in the nation’s history.
The conservative online portal Breitbart News responded by attacking the president’s strategy, saying the approach was a “disappointment” to many of Trump’s supporters.
A piece published after the president’s broadcast stated that “President Trump unveiled his plan for Afghanistan after seven months of deliberation Monday evening, announcing tweaks around the edges of the current strategy instead of a different approach.”
The author went on to say that “the speech was a disappointment to many who had supported his calls during the campaign to end expensive foreign intervention and nation-building.”
On the campaign trail, Trump had frequently criticized military intervention and “nation-building,” and on Monday he acknowledged that his “original instinct was to pull out.”
The Breitbart article commented that “he acknowledged the frustration that Americans felt after 16 years of war without an end in sight.”
The piece follows former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s return to the helm at Breitbart, following his dismissal last week. On leaving, Bannon said he would “go to war” for the president and his agenda.
In an interview with Bloomberg following his dismissal, Bannon stated “if there’s any confusion out there, let me clear it up: I’m leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents – on Capitol Hill, in the media and in corporate America.”