President Trump Pays Visit to Troops Overseas, Reopens Talks with Taliban

Headline Roundup November 29th, 2019

President Donald Trump made an unannounced appearance in Afghanistan Thursday to visit with United States troops at the main U.S. military base near Kabul. Trump said the Taliban "wants to make a deal, and we're meeting with them"; the president abandoned peace talks with the terror group in September after a U.S. soldier died in a Taliban-claimed suicide bombing in Kabul.

Most reporting also focused on Trump's expressed desire to cut the troop count in Afghanistan from 12,000-14,000 to under 9,000; some center and right-rated outlets featured additional coverage on the trip's logistics.

President Trump Pays Visit to Troops Overseas, Reopens Talks with Taliban

From the Right
2425

President Trump surprised troops and news outlets on Thanksgiving morning when he appeared in Afghanistan to thank troops for their service to the country and help serve a turkey dinner -- but doing so required extreme security measures to ensure both safety and to prevent the word from getting out.

"There's nowhere I'd rather spend Thanksgiving than with the toughest, fiercest warriors," Trump told troops on the ground . "I'm here to say Happy Thanksgiving and thank you very much. As president of the United States, I have no higher...

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From the Center
2425

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) — President Donald Trump paid a surprise Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan, where he announced the U.S. and the Taliban have been engaged in ongoing peace talks and said he believes the Taliban want a cease-fire.

Trump arrived at Bagram Air Field shortly after 8:30 p.m. local time Thursday and spent 3½ hours on the ground during his first trip to the site of America’s longest war. He served turkey and thanked the troops, delivered a speech and sat down with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani before...

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