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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 Trump 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 DeVos, told NBC News he is planning to soon launch a media campaign in an effort to get Trump to further embrace his proposal.

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