For years as a private citizen and then as a presidential candidate, President Donald Trump advocated for withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan. But now that he's commander in chief, the realities of a 16-year-old war offer increasingly unattractive options — both for the military and for the president as he seeks political wins.
Newsy spoke with Andrew Egger, a reporter for The Weekly Standard, who discussed how Trump's inner circle convinced him to follow the path forward in Afghanistan.
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