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President Trump's Strategy For Afghanistan, Annotated By NPR

Aug 21, 2017

President Donald Trump addressed the nation on his strategy for the war in Afghanistan on Monday night from Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia.

Trump and his national security team met Friday at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland to reach agreement on a strategy. Senior U.S. officials told NPR ahead of the speech that the president is expected to order about 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan.

The decision follows months of deliberation within the Trump Administration, involving top military commanders, political advisers and even enlisted veterans of the nearly 16-year war. 

Monday's speech was Trump's first formal address to the nation as president, and it followed a period of isolation for Trump following his comments about racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Watch the address live, courtesy of PBS NewsHour

Read transcript with NPR annotations

NPR journalists from across the newsroom are offering context and analysis about President Trump's remarks.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.