‘They lie to you’: Trump previously held private meetings with Navy SEALs to candidly discuss Afghanistan war

‘They lie to you’: Trump previously held private meetings with Navy SEALs to candidly discuss Afghanistan war, by David Choi.

Months after taking office in 2017 and hoping to get a better understanding of America’s longest war, President Donald Trump began taking meetings with enlisted US service members who deployed to Afghanistan.

“I want to sit down with some enlisted guys that have been there,” Trump told advisers, according to the national security journalist Peter Bergen’s latest book, “Trump and His Generals: The Cost of Chaos.”

“I don’t want any generals in here. I don’t want any officers,” Trump added, according to Bergen’s book, which was sourced from dozens of interviews with current and former White House officials and military officers. “I just want enlisted guys.” …

Among the first Afghanistan veterans said to have talked to Trump were US Navy SEALs who spoke critically of the war.

It’s unwinnable. NATO’s a joke. Nobody knows what they’re doing,” the SEALs said to Trump, according to Bergen’s book. “We don’t fight to win. The morale is terrible. It’s totally corrupt.” …

The new details surrounding Trump’s conversation with the SEALs also come days after an extensive Washington Post investigation found that senior US officials had long publicly mischaracterized the war. …

The officials in the government are awful people. They lie to you,” the SEALs reportedly told Trump. …

Trump also compared the senior military leaders to a consultant for a Manhattan restaurant from the late 1980s. Instead of heeding the advice of the consultant, who merely suggested expanding a kitchen for renovations, Trump reportedly argued it would have been more prudent, and cheaper, to solicit the advice of waiters from a restaurant.

A different kind of President.