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USA: Trump says he can win Afghan war in a week, but doesn’t want to ‘kill 10 million people’03:29

USA: Trump says he can win Afghan war in a week, but doesn’t want to ‘kill 10 million people’

United States, Washington DC
July 23, 2019 at 01:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

US President Donald Trump said the United States could finish the war in Afghanistan “in a week,” while speaking at a joint press conference with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Washington D.C. on Monday.

“We're like policemen, we're not fighting a war. We wanted to fight a war in Afghanistan and win it, I could win that war in a week. I just don't want to kill 10 million people.,” said Trump, before continuing “I have plans on Afghanistan that if I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the earth. It would be gone. It would be over in literally in 10 days. And I don't want to do that, I don't want to go that route.”

“So, we're working with Pakistan and others to extricate ourselves… we've been there for 19 years in Afghanistan. It's ridiculous.” Trump added.

Giving his thoughts on the situation in Afghanistan, Khan said “This is the closest we've been to a peace deal in Afghanistan and there is no military solution in Afghanistan.”

“We hope that in the coming days we will be able to urge the Taliban to speak to the Afghan government and come to a settlement, a political solution,” Khan added.

According to Trump, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited him to be a mediator for a peace deal between India and Pakistan over the contested region of Kashmir. Khan went on to say Pakistan would also like the US help to intermediate the deal. “You will have the prayers of over a billion people if you can mediate and resolve this issue,” said Pakistan’s PM.

Touching on the massive protests that have hit Hong Kong for the past weeks, Trump said that they were an “important situation for President Xi,” and when asked if he believed the protesters should be permitted to continue in Hong Kong, Trump said “China could stop them if they wanted. I think, I think that, again, I'm not involved in it very much but I think President Xi of China has acted responsibly, very responsibly.”

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US President Donald Trump said the United States could finish the war in Afghanistan “in a week,” while speaking at a joint press conference with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Washington D.C. on Monday.

“We're like policemen, we're not fighting a war. We wanted to fight a war in Afghanistan and win it, I could win that war in a week. I just don't want to kill 10 million people.,” said Trump, before continuing “I have plans on Afghanistan that if I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the earth. It would be gone. It would be over in literally in 10 days. And I don't want to do that, I don't want to go that route.”

“So, we're working with Pakistan and others to extricate ourselves… we've been there for 19 years in Afghanistan. It's ridiculous.” Trump added.

Giving his thoughts on the situation in Afghanistan, Khan said “This is the closest we've been to a peace deal in Afghanistan and there is no military solution in Afghanistan.”

“We hope that in the coming days we will be able to urge the Taliban to speak to the Afghan government and come to a settlement, a political solution,” Khan added.

According to Trump, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited him to be a mediator for a peace deal between India and Pakistan over the contested region of Kashmir. Khan went on to say Pakistan would also like the US help to intermediate the deal. “You will have the prayers of over a billion people if you can mediate and resolve this issue,” said Pakistan’s PM.

Touching on the massive protests that have hit Hong Kong for the past weeks, Trump said that they were an “important situation for President Xi,” and when asked if he believed the protesters should be permitted to continue in Hong Kong, Trump said “China could stop them if they wanted. I think, I think that, again, I'm not involved in it very much but I think President Xi of China has acted responsibly, very responsibly.”

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