President Donald J. Trump highlighted the sacrifices and grit of U.S. service members fighting against extremism by visiting Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, for Thanksgiving.
The president also met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the U.S. Air Force headquarters on the base. He then spoke to more than a thousand service members at a hangar on the flight line.
“We’ve had tremendous success against ISIS in the past three, four months, likewise with al-Qaida we’re down to a very small number,” Trump said during a short news conference after his meeting with Ghani. “If the Taliban wants to make a deal, we’ll see if they make a deal. If they do, they do; and if they don’t, they don’t.”
He said that U.S. officials are speaking with Taliban officials.
Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Army Gen. Austin S. Miller, commander of Resolute Support Mission, accompanied the president to his meeting with Ghani.