Days before leaving the White House, U.S. President Donald Trump said in a speech in front of troops that “it has been an honor” to rebuild the Army since during his administration he allocated $2.5 billion to the Pentagon despite not having taken the country into any major conflict.
“It has been an honor to rebuild our Army and support our brave men and women in uniform,” Trump said in a statement released by the White House.
The president emphasized that his government’s multi-million dollar investment in the Army included “beautiful new equipment, all made in the United States.”
“I will always be committed to stopping endless wars,” Trump added, alluding to his administration’s strategy of reducing U.S. military presence abroad and securing diplomatic agreements, such as those reached in the Middle East with Israel and Muslim countries.
Among the achievements in that sense, he mentioned, for example, that “U.S. military troops in Afghanistan are at the lowest level in the last 19 years.
“Likewise,” he said, “in Iraq and Syria they are also at the lowest point in many years.
On December 13th, the United States announced that it had begun to reduce its troops from the current 4,500 to 2,500, a process that it hopes to complete before next January 15, at the same time that it affirmed that its troops and those of NATO will continue to be able to support the Afghan forces
Washington agreed to withdraw its troops with the Taliban last February inDoha, in a period that ends in May of next year, and has already withdrawn a good part of the nearly 12,000 soldiers that it had in the country.
Last September, seventeen years after the invasion of Iraq, the United States announced that it would reduce its military contingent in that country from 5,200 to 3,000, the head of the Joint Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie confirmed.
In October 2019, Trump gave the green light for the troops to leave his country from northern Syria, a country in which Washington began a military intervention in September 2014 under the Obama Administration, months after the proclamation of a caliphate by the EI in this country and Iraq, where the jihadists took parts of the north and center of both Arab states.