In a question-and-answers session, Afghan Ambassador to the United States Hamdullah Mohib explained the key differences between President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama.
Mohib made it clear that “all the (President Barack) Obama administration wanted to do was not lose” the war in Afghanistan.
As for Trump, Mohib had only kind words for the president.
“I’ve personally met with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago and the president has had two phone conversations with (Afghan) President Ghani,” Mohib said.
“One call was after he won the election and one after (Trump) became president. Before the calls, we were advised to keep conversations short because, we were told, Trump will not be interested in the details of the call and does not have a long attention span, so it would be pointless to have a long call.
“However, we were pleasantly surprised at how much time President Trump spent asking very informed questions,” Mohib revealed. “The first time the presidents spoke, the questions Trump asked impressed us. ‘How can you win in this fight (against terrorism)?’ he asked. ‘What do you need to become financially independent?’ and ‘How can American business invest in Afghanistan? How can we develop businesses and mining in your country?’”
Mohib criticized the Obama administration for being cold and unwilling to ask the necessary questions.
“Asking these types of questions for our country is something the Obama administration never did,” Mohib said. “The Obama administration was the most academic administration we have ever had to deal with, but the Trump administration has been the most thoughtful and intelligent.
“Trump continually asked, ‘How can you win? What does Afghanistan need to win?’ in reference to our fight with terrorism. Trump wants to win. Sincerely. All the Obama administration wanted to do was not lose.”
“The Obama administration was hesitant with us,” he explained. “The enemy could sense that. When the Obama administration announced its plans to pull troops out of the region, they announced the exact date they would do it.
“All our enemies had to do was wait (Obama) out,” he continued. “They knew the date they had to hang on until — which gave them the will to fight. They used that time to recruit and build up resources.”
Finally we have a president that understands the importance of asking key questions and who is committed to working with our allies.
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