Transcript for White House Has Been ‘Clear and Firm’ on Afghan Drawdown Plan
When Ruthie. Just trying to. Figure out a reader by the end his visit and by the end of this press conference tomorrow. Firms that president has to. How many troops who view Afghanistan. On what timetable what they all these aren't your only hope. You know understandable that for president. Well as I. It's a described last. We he. School that the president has sat for a DUS military presence here is that I had the and between sixteen beginning. It's one that we've been pretty clear for. Which is that the president. Does envision a scenario where the US military presence in Afghanistan I that by early twenties and he. Reflects the need to protect a substantial diplomatic process that diplomatic. Presence in the United States will maintain in Afghanistan. As well as the establishment of a security cooperation office that the links between acting security forces in the US military. Are significant and they will do work. So we wouldn't suspect there'll be presents for that reason as well but it obviously you know we're talking about. You know on in the neighborhood a 1015100. Troops. At this point the US troop presences. Around 101000 in Afghanistan. The question is how much flexibility is there in the draw down between where we stand today. And that endpoint in early twenties and he that will be a subject of some discussion. With president Donnie the president guys indicated a desire to bring that up and discussed that. Personally with the president and this is an issue the president is national security team have already been talking about some time. But I don't have anything to preview in terms of any announcements that made me.
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