Was Trump influenced by PM Modi's remarks on Afghanistan?

Posted In: News Date:Sep 12th, 2018

President Donald Trump, an opponent of the involvement of US troops in Afghanistan, was apparently influenced by a remark from Prime Minister Narendra Modi while aides debated the administration’s policy for the war-ravaged country in the summer of 2017.

He was leaning towards leaving, or a change in strategy if the decision was to stay. As he grilled his top officials – defence secretary James Mattis, then secretary of state Rex Tillerson, then National Security Adviser HR McMaster and others – at a White House meeting on July 19, he brought up Modi, according to Bob Woodward’s new book Fear: Trump in the White House.

It was also at this National Security Council meeting that Trump suggested cutting off all security-related aid for Pakistan – nearly six months before he actually suspended funding on January 1 – saying Islamabad wasn’t helping Washington in the Afghan war.