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 John TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency 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 DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosSessions: DOJ concerned about suppression of free speech on college campuses Arming teachers: Bad for students, bad for spending DeVos decries lack of free speech on campuses, says US has 'abandoned truth' MORE, told NBC News he is planning to soon launch a media campaign in an effort to get Trump to further embrace his proposal.