WASHINGTON – The US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he wants the regional countries, including India, Russia, and Pakistan to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan.
“Why is not Russia there (in Afghanistan, to fight the Taliban)? Why isn’t India there? Why isn’t Pakistan there? Why are we there? We are 6,000 miles away. But I don’t mind. We want to help our people. We want to help other nations,” Trump told reporters in response to a question during the Cabinet meeting.
US President Trump brought up India’s aid during a rambling press appearance at a cabinet meeting as he defended his push for the Washington to invest less overseas.
While stating that he got along with Modi, Trump said the Indian leader was “constantly telling me he built a library in Afghanistan”.
Trump responded: “You know what that is? That’s like five hours of what we spend… And we’re supposed to say, ‘Oh, thank you for the library’. I don’t know who’s using it in Afghanistan.”
The US President further said that the regional countries were not doing enough in Afghanistan and that they were taking advantages of the U.S. presence.