The U.S. President Donald Trump has suggested firing of General John Nicholson, the country’s top military commander in Afghanistan, reasoning he is not winning the war in Afghanistan, senior U.S. officials have told the U.S. media.
Recently, during a tense meeting in White House, Trump has repeatedly asked his Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford that Gen.Nicholson Should be fired, saying he had given the military authority months ago to make advances in Afghanistan and yet the U.S. was continuing to lose ground.
“We aren’t winning,” Trump complained, according to officials quoted by nbcnews. “We are losing.”
Trump has also criticized his advisers. He has expressed concerns over reports of China making money off of Afghanistan’s estimated $1 trillion in rare minerals while American troops are fighting the war and the advisers are doing nothing to figure out how the U.S. businesses get rights to those minerals.
In response, the U.S. Defense Secretary has said that Taliban is gaining ground, because the U.S. doesn’t have the strategy needed.
In an interview, the U.S. National Security Advisor, Gen. HR McMaster has defended Gen. Nicholson performance in Afghanistan.
“I’ve known him for many years,” McMaster said,” I can’t imagine a more capable commander.”
This comes after the U.S. top commander in Afghanistan said that he needed thousands more troops to break the “stalemate”. But the White House has failed to make a decision about its Afghan strategy yet.