As Trump goes on a 17-day long vacation, the issues he promised to tackle during the first days of his presidency remain untouched, unaccomplished and undone.
According to The Washington Post, though there have been several meetings, since Trump’s inauguration, about Afghanistan and the Pentagon Strategy to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) Trump has failed to come to an agreement with national security experts, specifically, White House National Security Advisor General H.R McMaster.
McMaster’s move to the White House may have been under controversial circumstances but, there was bipartisan support for his appointment due mostly to the fact that he is a 3-star general with a lot of experience in national security and combat efforts. However, Trump does not seem to like any of the plans that McMaster has put in front of him. In fact, an official Pentagon Strategy for defeating ISIS was completed in early March but the president has not approved it.
Additionally, despite not even bothering to look over and approve the strategy, Trump still asks the same two questions in every meeting. As reported by the Washington Post “He wanted to know why the U.S. military wasn’t winning in Afghanistan, and he asked, repeatedly, why, after more than 16 years of war, the United States was still stuck there.”
Trump repeatedly mentioned in his campaign speeches that he wants to project strength and win the war but he has supposedly shown very little interest in a “methodical and consensus-oriented approach.”
From this, it is clear that Trump’s “doctrine” is likely to be him trying to make a statement about America’s military strength regardless of the consequences that may ensue after an abrupt end to the war in Afghanistan and an uninformed move on ISIS.
If only Trump listened more to the advisors provided to him by the executive branch, he would maybe have more to show for his first six months as president. And, actually, earn a two and a half week vacation.