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Blackwater founder Erik Prince proposes privatizing Afghanistan war

August 9, 2017
Margaret Brennan | CBS News
President Trump has held off so far on approving strategy recommendations for the nearly 16-year war in Afghanistan. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said this week, "To just say we're going to keep doing what we've been doing, the president is not willing to accept that."
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Trump says U.S. ‘losing’ Afghan war in tense meeting with general

August 3, 2017
Carol Lee, Courney Kube | NBC News
President Donald Trump has become increasingly frustrated with his advisers tasked with crafting a new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and recently suggested firing the war's top military commander during a tense meeting at the White House, according to senior administration officials.
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U.S. test-launches ICBM amid North Korea tensions

August 3, 2017
Ken Dilanian, Courtney Kube | NBC News
The U.S. military successfully test-launched an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile from California early Wednesday, according to an Air Force spokesman — just days after North Korea's second test of an ICBM.
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Trump names Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly as White House chief of staff, ousting Reince Priebus

July 31, 2017
Philip Rucker, Abby Phillip, Robert Costa, Ashley Parker | The Washington Post
President Trump ousted White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and replaced him with Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly on Friday, a major shake-up designed to bring order and military precision to a West Wing beset for six straight months by chaos, infighting and few tangible accomplishments.
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President Trump's decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military makes headlines

July 28, 2017
Another power struggle may be underway between the White House and the Pentagon after President Trump decided to ban transgender people from serving in the military.
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It Takes More Than A Tweet To Change Pentagon Policy

July 28, 2017
Nancy Youssef | BuzzFeed News
Twenty-four hours after Donald Trump tweeted he was banning transgender people from serving in the military, the Pentagon took pains to stress that nothing had changed.
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Trump says transgender people cannot "serve in any capacity" in the military

July 27, 2017
Nancy Youssef, Cora Lewis, Dominic Holden | BuzzFeed News
President Trump tweeted on Wednesday that transgender people cannot "serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military," repeating a claim from conservative Republicans that transgender service members disrupt the ranks and add medical costs that undermine troop readiness.
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