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President Trump to Address Nation on Afghanistan This Evening

McClatchy DC  The White House says Trump will speak to the country this evening at 9 p.m. EDT from Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia. Trump and his national security team met late last week at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland to reach agreement on a strategy.It will be Trump’s first formal address to the nation as president, and it follows a period of isolation for Trump following his comments about racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he is satisfied with how the administration formulated its new Afghanistan war strategy. In remarks to reporters traveling with him to the Middle East, Mattis said he would not talk about the new policy until it is disclosed by the president

Mattis did say the deliberations were done properly. He called the process rigorous and inclusive. Months ago, Trump gave Mattis authority to set U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan, but Mattis has been waiting for Trump to set the strategic direction first.