Though he has only been in office for two months, President Donald Trump has already shown the world that he is taking a very different approach to foreign policy than his predecessor did.
Dr. Hamdullah Mohib, the Afghan Ambassador to the United States, recently hosted a dinner for the Gold Star wives of members of the U.S. military who were killed while fighting in Afghanistan. Benny Johnson, a reporter for Independent Journal Review, attended the dinner, and what he said happened there is surprising.
During his remarks at the event, Mohib reportedly explained what the difference between Trump and Barack Obama is.
“I’ve personally met with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago and the president has had two phone conversations with President Ghani [The president of Afghanistan],” Mohib said. “One call was after he won the election and one after [Trump] became president. Before the calls, we were advised to keep conversations short because, we were told, Trump will not be interested in the details of the call and does not have a long attention span, so it would be pointless to have a long call.”
“However, we were pleasantly surprised at how much time President Trump spent asking very informed questions,” the ambassador added. “The first time the presidents spoke, the questions Trump asked impressed us. ‘How can you win in this fight [against terrorism]?’ he asked. ‘What do you need to become financially independent?’ and ‘How can American business invest in Afghanistan? How can we develop businesses and mining in your country?’”
Mohib went on to contrast this with the Obama administration.
“The Obama administration was hesitant with us,” he said. “The enemy could sense that. When the Obama administration announced its plans to pull troops out of the region, they announced the exact date they would do it. All our enemies had to do was wait [Obama] out. They knew the date they had to hang on until — which gave them the will to fight. They used that time to recruit and build up resources.”
“To bring real reform, we must be able to defeat enemies outside our country and inside,” Mohib continued. “We must overthrow the Afghan warlords who are profiteering off the war. Every time we tried to remove one of them from power, [Secretary John] Kerry would say “no” because it would potentially make it unstable and require more troops be brought in. The entire Obama administration was too cautious, but Kerry was the most cautious. Perhaps the Obama administration was fatigued by the time we assumed power. [President Ghani assumed power in September of 2014.] But Trump is very different from Obama in this way.”
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