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Military transgender ban to begin within 6 months, memo says

August 24, 2017
Julie Hirschfeld Davis | The New York Times
President Trump is preparing to give the Defense Department formal authority to expel transgender people from the military in an upcoming order, barring the Pentagon from recruiting transgender troops and cutting off payment for sexual reassignment surgery and other medical treatments for those already serving.
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Military leaders consolidate power in Trump administration

August 23, 2017
Robert Costa, Philip Rucker | The Washington Post
High-ranking military officials have become an increasingly ubiquitous presence in American political life during Donald Trump’s presidency, repeatedly winning arguments inside the West Wing, publicly contradicting the president and even balking at implementing one of his most controversial policies.
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Trump’s Afghanistan plan set to spark fresh congressional debate

August 23, 2017
Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
President Trump’s decision to announce expanded U.S. military operations in Afghanistan but disclose few details is set to spark fresh congressional debate about the future of the United States’ longest war and whether it is time for lawmakers to approve a new use-of-force law.
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Trump announces new strategy for Afghanistan that calls for a troop increase

August 22, 2017
Abby Phillip, David Nakamura, | The Washington Post
President Trump outlined a revised vision for the U.S. war in Afghanistan on Monday, pledging to end a strategy of “nation-building” and instead institute a policy aimed more squarely at addressing the terrorist threat that emanates from the region.
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‘It’s a hard problem’: Inside Trump’s decision to send more troops to Afghanistan

August 22, 2017
Robert Costa, Philip Rucker | The Washington Post
President Trump was frustrated and fuming. Again and again, in the windowless Situation Room at the White House, he lashed out at his national security team over the Afghanistan war, and the paucity of appealing options gnawed at him.
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Trump Settles on Afghan Strategy Expected to Raise Troop Levels

August 21, 2017
Maggie Haberman, Michael Gordon, Eric Schmitt | The New York Times
President Trump, who has been accused by lawmakers of dragging his feet on Afghanistan, has settled on a new strategy to carry on the nearly 16-year-old conflict there, administration officials said Sunday.
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Trump advisers gather to consider Afghanistan options

August 18, 2017
Margaret Brennan | CBS News
Amid the fallout from President Trump's comments on the Charlottesville protests, the president at Camp David will try to focus on what may be one of the most consequential decisions of this young presidency: do U.S. troops stay or withdraw from Afghanistan?
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President Donald Trump talks Vladimir Putin, FBI raid of Paul Manafort’s home

August 11, 2017
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Trump says military is 'locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely'

August 11, 2017
| The New York Times
President Trump issued yet another provocative warning of military action against North Korea on Friday, the third time in a week that he has suggested he was ready to strike the small, isolated Asian country that has been developing nuclear weapons capable of reaching the United States.
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