(CNSNews.com) -- During a White House press conference on Monday with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, President Trump said U.S. troops have been in Afghanistan for 19 years, which is “ridiculous,” and added that he could end the war there “in a week” but he “doesn’t want to kill 10 million people.”
He also criticized the political leaders of the past who led America into a seemingly endless war in Afghanistan.
“If we wanted to fight a war in Afghanistan and win it, I could win that war in a week,” President Trump told reporters. “I just don’t want to kill 10 million people. Does that make sense to you? I don’t want to kill 10 million people.”
“I have plans on Afghanistan that if I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the Earth,” he said. “Afghanistan would be gone. It would be over in literally 10 days. I don’t want to go that route.”
“We’re working with Pakistan and others to extricate ourselves,” he said. “We don’t want to be policemen. Basically, we’re policemen right now. We’re not supposed to be policemen. We’ve been there for 19 years in Afghanistan. It’s ridiculous.”
Trump continued, "I have a plan that could win that war in a very short period of time. … They’re building gas stations, they’re rebuilding schools. The United States, we shouldn’t be doing that. That’s for them to do.”
“But what we did [under George Bush] and what our leadership got us into is ridiculous,” said the president. “I think we’ll have some very good answers on Afghanistan very quick.”