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Ambassador Haley: Trump's Afghanistan Plan 'Very Different'

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By    |   Tuesday, 22 August 2017 10:22 AM

President Donald Trump's Monday night speech on Afghanistan showed he has made decisions that are "very different from anything that's happened before," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Tuesday.

"At the end of the day, all the generals came together," Haley told CNN's "New Day" program. "The national security team came together and the president made some decisions and I can tell you the decisions he made are very different from anything that's happened before."

In his speech, Trump vowed that American troops would remain fighting in Afghanistan, while insisting the United States would not be offering a "blank check." He also refused to say whether or when more troops could be sent to the country.

"We're not talking about duration, because we're not focused on time," Haley told show host Chris Cuomo. "We're not talking about troop numbers, because we're not focused on troop numbers. What we are focused on is results, stomping out terrorism, doing whatever it takes."

Haley said the president is employing the same type of strategy he's used fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

"I think the American people should have faith in their military and know that this is something the generals strongly believe in," Haley said. "I believe the generals, I've seen their work and I think we should all as Americans support them."

Haley said she was in the National Security Council's multiple meetings, during which a great deal of information and questions were discussed.

"I think what you saw last night was something the president believes in, and something he's going to follow through with," said Haley. "In the past, it's always been time based, on when we were going to get out or based on the number of troops or all kinds of things. Now it's results-based and that works."

The speech also marked a change from Trump's campaign speeches on Afghanistan, but Haley said that there is a difference between what a candidate says and being a president and talking about "what you know."

"The facts were put on the table, and he asked all the right questions, and you're going to see a very different approach," said Haley. "Our enemies are no longer going to know what our timeline is. Our enemies are no longer going to know where we are and how many troops and all those things. What our enemies are going to know is we're not putting up with the terrorism anymore and we're going to do whatever it takes."

Trump's regional approach to the issue is also important, said Haley.

"That means that we've got to put the pressure on Pakistan," she said. "They can't safe harbor terrorists anymore. We've got to put the pressure on India that they have to be part of the political solution. We need to continue to let Iran know that all of this terrorism and their sponsorship of it is not something we're going to put up with, and we need the international community to step up and say look, if we're going to do this, we're doing it together. It's not the United States alone."

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President Donald Trump's Monday night speech on Afghanistan showed he has made decisions that are "very different from anything that's happened before," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Tuesday.
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