Trump to visit Pentagon Thursday

Trump to visit Pentagon Thursday

President Trump plans to visit the Pentagon on Thursday to receive a briefing from his national security team, according to the White House. 

White House press secretary Sean Spicer told a small group of reporters on Tuesday that the discussion would touch on the fight against the Islamic State and Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as well as other topics. 

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He said the president is not expected announce new U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan during the visit. 

“I don’t see any announcements then, no,” Spicer said. 

For months, the Defense Department has been working on a new Afghanistan strategy, and a central part of the plan is expected to include new troop levels.

Trump has given Defense Secretary James Mattis the authority to make a decision on how many U.S. troops will be stationed in Afghanistan, where about 8,400 U.S. troops are currently stationed.

Trump ate lunch Tuesday with several service members who have done tours in Afghanistan to hear their ideas about the 16-yearlong conflict there.  

"It’s our longest war -- we’ve been there for many years," the president said. "We’ve been there for now close to 17 years, and I want to find out why we’ve been there for 17 years, how it’s going, and what we should do in terms of additional ideas."

"I’ve heard plenty of ideas from a lot of people, but I want to hear it from the people on the ground," he added.