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Bolton open to privatizing military operations in Afghanistan

Bolton open to privatizing military operations in Afghanistan
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White House national security adviser John Bolton on Sunday said he’s open to privatizing military operations in Afghanistan following reports last week that President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE is considering the option.

When asked about the idea on ABC’s “This Week,” Bolton said “there are always a lot of discussions.”

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“I’m always open to new ideas,” he said. “But I'm not going to comment on what the thinking is. That'll ultimately be the president's decision.”

NBC News reported last week that Trump has shown interest in Blackwater founder Erik Prince’s proposal to privatize the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Under the proposal, the administration would replace troops with private military contractors working for a government liaison.

The move would likely present a number of ethical and security concerns for the U.S.

A National Security Council spokesperson denied the report, telling NBC News that “no such proposal from Erik Prince is under consideration.”

Prince, the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVosCardona seeks to pivot from DeVos era at Education Senate confirms Biden's Education secretary Motorcade of Libyan interior minister attacked MORE, told NBC News he is planning to soon launch a media campaign in an effort to get Trump to further embrace his proposal.