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White House not too concerned about Trump’s remarks

White House not too concerned about Trump’s remarks

Jan 07, 2019 - 10:49

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A close aide has downplayed hostile reactions to President Donald Trump’s recent remarks about the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s acting chief of staff, said he was “not too concerned about the details” of the Afghanistan-related comments by the president on Wednesday.

During a cabinet meeting, Trump slammed America’s ongoing war in Afghanistan, and made bizarre statements on the Soviet actions in the country.

Russia, India and Pakistaninfo-icon should take on a proactive role in resolving the ongoing conflict between the Talibaninfo-icon, and the Afghan government, Trump suggested.

In an interview to CNN on Sunday, Mulvaney was asked about the presidential defence of the Soviet invasion, which the US has consistently denounced as an act of brazen aggression.

In response, Trump’s chief of staff said: “I think those are comments the president made born out of frustration from where we are and I’m not too concerned about the details,”

The official dismissed host Jake Tapper’s suggestion that Trump’s comments on Afghanistan were verifiably inaccurate.

He added: “I have seen every single piece of information that goes onto the Resolute Desk, I have seen every single piece of information that goes to his residency at night, and I have not seen anything objectionable.”

Like the mainstream US media, the Afghan government, former ministers and diplomats have also hit out at Trump’s retelling of the conflict.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud


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