President Trump explained why US troops are still in Afghanistan after nearly 20 years of conflict during an interview sent on Monday the Tucker Carlson tonight
"Now I'll tell you," Trump explained. "I wanted to pull them out. And you know I've pulled out a lot. We were 16,000. We're down to about 9,000, as many don't know. In Syria, as you know I have drawn most of them out. "
Trump said because the country has been involved in the Middle East for so long, we have become" the police "for the world and other countries. Other countries like Russia and China, he said, are not trying to polish the world.
Carlson asked if it was possible to withdraw completely from the war-torn region.
"I'm telling you the problem I just want to get out. The problem is, it just seems to be a terrorist laboratory. It looks like ̵
"Now I will leave and will leave – we will leave. Very strong intelligence, far more than you would normally think because it is very important and we can do that too But we've reduced the effort a lot in Afghanistan, "he said.
Master Sgt. Michael Riley, 32, Heilbronn, Germany and Sgt. James Johnston, 24, in Trumansburg, New York, was killed last Wednesday during a fire in Uruzgan Province, killing the total number of US service members this year in Afghanistan at 10.