The United States is not engaged in a war with Afghanistan, President Donald Trump told reporters Wednesday in Miami Beach.
The President said during a press conference that the war is not in the interest of the United States and he has no plans to change that.
“There is no U.S. military presence in Afghanistan,” Trump said.
“We are not engaged, in any way shape or form, in a foreign policy with regard to Afghanistan.”
The president, who has repeatedly called for an end to the war in Afghanistan, made the comment during a joint press conference with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Gen. John Nicholson, commander of the U.K.-led international coalition fighting the Taliban.
In response to a question on the war, Trump called the current administration “dumb” and said that the American public “don’t want it to happen.”
“We have no idea what’s going on in Afghanistan or how the country is going to get back to normal,” Trump added.
“I mean, we don’t know the country.
I mean, it’s like the Middle East, you don’t have a clue.
We don’t even know where the hell the hell they are.”
Trump said the war has been a “very, very bad thing” for the country and added that it “wasn’t even an election.”
“I was in Afghanistan and I had the honor of spending a couple of months in a certain part of the country,” Trump continued.
“And I said, ‘Wow, it really doesn’t feel like a war anymore.’
And they said, no, it is a war.’
So it’s a very, very, bad thing.”
Trump, who called the war “the most disastrous thing that’s happened in the world” in a recent speech, has said the U,S.
and NATO allies will need to withdraw from Afghanistan within a year.
While the president is a former Republican, he has criticized his party in the past for its stance on Afghanistan.