President Donald Trump’s “coup de grâce” plan is “massive,” according to the vice president’s former national security adviser.
The National Security Council said Tuesday the president’s plan would be a “national emergency” and that the “full and complete” withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq would be “immediate.”
But former National Security Adviser Tom Donilon told CNN that Trump’s plan was “very ambitious” and “totally different” from what the Bush administration had done in Afghanistan.
“I think that Trump is going to do a tremendous job with this,” Donilon said on CNN’s “New Day.”
“He’s going to be able to pull out all the troops, pull out our forces from Afghanistan and Iraq, and take out the Taliban and al-Qaida, and he’s going go to Iraq, take out ISIS, and do all these things.”
He added that Trump would also have to work with the international community to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
“We will be able, of course, to do everything we can, but we have to be prepared to do more than that,” Donilons said.
“We have to take out our bases.
We have to bring our troops home.
We can’t be distracted by the threat of ISIS.”
The national security council said Trump would have to “make sure that no one has access to their information, to their data, or their information from any of our allies.”
“I’m not going to get into specifics, but that’s a big commitment to the people that have been the victims of the attacks in the past, and that’s what’s at stake,” Donalins said.
Trump said Tuesday he is “very confident” the military can be kept on the ground, but said the plan will require “total mobilization.”
“We are going to have to mobilize our military and our intelligence, our special operations forces,” he said at a news conference.
“And we’re going to take a very hard line with Russia.”