President Trump considering removing Defense Secretary James Mattis and sending him to Afghanistan to lead the war effort, which could earn Gen. Mattis his fourth star, says the NYT.
Two U.S. service members were killed Wednesday when a Taliban suicide bomber hit a NATO convoy near the airport in the Afghan city of Kandahar, said a Pentagon spokesperson. Four other servicemen were wounded in the attack.
Trump met with the Jount Chief of Staffs on July 19 to discuss the Afghan war, where he said that he wanted to fire Gen. John Nicholson and replace him with Mattis.
Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, has not met with President Trump, and the Pentagon is currently considering extending his time in Afghanistan.
At the meeting Trump asked about NATO allies, talked about acquiring Afghan’s mineral wealth, and compared the advice of the Joint Chief of Staffs to that of a consultant for a famous New York restaurant who cost them profits after giving bad advice.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that Trump should not fire Nicholson, and that he should listen to the advice of his generals.
“I can’t think of a good reason to fire the general. I think he’s doing an admirable job. If the president doesn’t listen to the generals like Gen. Nicholson and he goes down the road that President Obama went, Afghanistran’s going to collapse,” said Lindsey.
Trump is the third U.S. President to deal with the Afghan conflict, which has no end in sight