President Trump made the remarks during a press conference with the President of Klaus Werner Iohannis on Tuesday.
He made the remarks amid ongoing efforts to find a political solution to the Afghan war and drawdown a significant number of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
Responding to a question regarding the U.S. commitment to protect the Afghan government if needed, President Trump said Right now, what we’re doing is we’re negotiating with the government and we’re negotiating with the Taliban, and we’ll see what happens from it, what’s coming from it.
Trump further added “I will say this: The Taliban would like to stop fighting us. They would like to stop fighting us. They’ve lost a lot. But we’ll see what happens.”
He also added “And, remember, it’s a tough place. The Soviet Union became Russia because of Afghanistan. That’s what happened. Very simple. They became Russia because of Afghanistan. Somebody would say, ‘Oh, well, would Russia go in?’ I said, ‘If they want, let them. I think they tried that before, however. Didn’t work out too well.’”