>> President Trump made his doubts about the war in Afghanistan known in a meeting with generals, officials said Wednesday. Going so far as suggesting the commander in the region be fired. According to the officials, he told the room, we aren't winning. Of course, this wouldn't be the first time he said this.
>> So when was the last time you've seen our country win at anything? We don't win anymore.>> At the meeting in mid-July, Trump demanded that his top national security aides provide more information on what one official called the end state, in a country where the United States has spent 16 years fighting against the Taliban with no end in sight.
The gathering grew stormy when Trump said Defense Secretary James Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford should consider firing Army General John Nicholson, Commander of US forces in Afghanistan, for not winning the war. According to NBC, Trump in this meeting likened the war effort in Afghanistan to the 1980s renovation of the Manhattan restaurant, the 21 Club, which he said relied too much on expensive but inexperienced consultants.
Trump has long been a skeptic of lingering US involvement in foreign wars, and has expressed little interest in deploying military forces without a specific plan on what they will do and for how long. Although, Trump earlier this year gave General Mattis the authority to deploy US military forces as he sees fit.
At the end of the meeting, Trump's strategist, Steve Bannon, got into what one official called, a shouting match with National Security Advisor HR McMaster over the direction of US policy. Some officials left the meeting, quote, stunned by the president's complaints that the military was allowing the United States to lose the war.
The White House had no comment on the accounts of the meeting.