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Trump Hasn't Ordered Afghan Troop Withdrawal, White House Says

  • Official last week said 7,000 U.S. troops were coming home
  • Latest Pentagon report describes conflict as at ‘an impasse’

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Donald Trump hasn’t ordered the Pentagon to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, a White House spokesman said, contradicting reports last week that he’s directed the military to pull 7,000 soldiers out of a conflict he’s long criticized.

“The president has not made a determination to drawdown U.S. military presence in Afghanistan and he has not directed the Department of Defense to begin the process of withdrawing U.S. personnel from Afghanistan,” Garrett Marquis, a spokesman for the National Security Council, said in an emailed statement on Friday.