Trump says US in "very strong negotiations" with Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) - US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that Washington was "in very strong negotiations" with Afghanistan, also hinting a possible visit to the war-torn country by himself.


U.S. President Donald Trump awards former U.S. Army medic Ronald J. Shurer the Medal of Honor "for conspicuous gallantry" for actions Shurer took while serving in 2008 in Afghanistan at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 1, 2018. (File photo: VCG)

"We're in very strong negotiations with Afghanistan right now," Trump told reporters after giving a Thanksgiving Day message to US soldiers stationed in Afghanistan.

"We'll see what happens," he added.

The US president also hinted a likely visit by himself to Afghanistan during his holiday message teleconference with US troops deployed there, which will be his first trip to the war-riddled country after taking office.

"Maybe I'll even see you over there. You never know what's going to happen," Trump told a US general in Afghanistan after saying that he will see the general when the latter comes back to the United States.

Asked by a reporter later if he looked forward to going to Afghanistan, Trump said, "We'll be doing some interesting things." 

Asked if he had a sense of when he will be going, Trump responded, "I do, but I can't tell you."

Currently, the United States has around 14,000 troops in Afghanistan, mainly providing training and advisory service to Afghan security forces, with some others conducting counter-terrorism operations.