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Today, President Trump is expected to announce his plan to send more troops to Afghanistan to help push back the Taliban and ISIS groups.
Why it matters: The decision is a loss for the "America-first" element of the Trump administration. Now-departed Steve Bannon was strongly opposed to sending more troops, even suggesting private contractors, according to NYT. And Jonathan Swan points out, "Trump has been reluctantly open to the generals' opinion, and I'm told he doesn't want to be the president who loses the country to the terrorists."
Exactly 5 years ago, Trump tweeted: "Why are we continuing to train these Afghanis who then shoot our soldiers in the back? Afghanistan is a complete waste. Time to come home!"
Here's what else Trump has had to say about sending troops to Afghanistan in the past:
Starting as early as 2011, Donald Trump has made it clear that he wants troops to be brought back from Afghanistan, not sent out:
Ron Paul is right when he says we are wasting lives and money in Iraq and Afghanistan.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2011
Afghanistan is a total disaster. We don't know what we are doing. They are, in addition to everything else, robbing us blind.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2012
Remember while @BarackObama is lauding himself tonight with self-indulgent compliments we have our brave soldiers fighting in Afghanistan.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2012
Let's get out of Afghanistan. Our troops are being killed by the Afghanis we train and we waste billions there. Nonsense! Rebuild the USA.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2013
We should leave Afghanistan immediately. No more wasted lives. If we have to go back in, we go in hard & quick. Rebuild the US first.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2013
Our gov't is so pathetic that some of the billions being wasted in Afghanistan are ending up with terroristshttp://t.co/bso3k1pR7l
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2013
Do not allow our very stupid leaders to sign a deal that keeps us in Afghanistan through 2024-with all costs by U.S.A. MAKE AMERICA GREAT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2013
Now Obama is keeping our soldiers in Afghanistan for at least another year. He is losing two wars simultaneously.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2014
A suicide bomber has just killed U.S. troops in Afghanistan. When will our leaders get tough and smart. We are being led to slaughter!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2015