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Mattis Confirms Trump Has Made Afghanistan Decision after ‘Rigorous’ Review

(Last Updated On: August 20, 2017)

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday confirmed that President Donald Trump has a made a decision on strategy for Afghanistan after a “sufficiently rigorous” review process.

However, Mattis did not provide details on when the White House would make an announcement or what the decision was on Afghanistan.

“I am very comfortable that the strategic process was sufficiently rigorous and did not go in with a pre-set position,” Mattis told reporters traveling with him aboard a military aircraft to Jordan. “The president has made a decision. As he said, he wants to be the one to announce it to the American people.”

His comments came a day after President Trump tweeted that he and his top national security staff have reached a decision on the way ahead in Afghanistan, after key meetings on a slew of defense issues at Camp David over the weekend.

“Important day spent at Camp David with our very talented Generals and military leaders. Many decisions made, including on Afghanistan,” Mr. Trump tweeted Saturday.

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