"President Trump has put Pakistan on notice", Pence had said. At a Wednesday morning Cabinet meeting and an afternoon event with Trump and Republican legislators, Pence extolled the President at length, on camera, with flattery that would have embarrassed most givers and receivers of compliments, including presidents and vice presidents of the past. "We're fully cooperating", Pence said.
Pence said that Ghani offered assurances that Afghanistan was preparing for parliamentary elections next year and a presidential election in 2019.
He said the administration was pouring resources into the military to help them prevent terror attacks on U.S. soil.
Vice President Mike Pence made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan to meet its leaders and US troops but the true purpose was to assure Afghan leaders that the US was going to stay in Afghanistan for the long haul and the commitment for the Afghan people was strong. Observing that securing the Pakistan-Afghanistan border and preventing cross-border terrorism is essential for both countries, Lodhi said this can be achieved only through constant vigilance, effective management, and real-time communication.
And then, Pence slipped out of the White House and headed for Joint Base Andrews. Our phones had been confiscated and we would be off the grid for the next 22 hours. Terrorists should not be allowed to provoke clashes between our border security forces, she said.
"When he was fired, did you know he had lied to the FBI?"
"We're here to see this through", Pence told Ghani and Abdullah at the presidential palace.
Pence also discussed Mr. Trump's legislative heading into 2018 and on the heels of a major legislative win in tax reform. A day earlier, there were separate attacks on a NATO convoy and a police checkpoint in southern Afghanistan.
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Of course, Pence's speech was met with a lot of jokes and comments on Twitter.
As the whirr of the helicopters grew louder, deafening even, soldiers equipped with night vision goggles motioned to reporters to shut their laptops. It was unclear if the flare was in response to a specific threat or merely precautionary.
Pence's stealthy trip to Afghanistan was just the latest such trip by US presidents and vice presidents.
Pence also spoke to Brennan about Mr. Trump's legislative agenda and the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. "It appears that Daesh's "core", under pressure in Iraq and Syria, may be relocating to these ungoverned spaces in Afghanistan", Lodhi said.
In August, President Donald Trump recommitted the U.S. to the war in Afghanistan.
Pence hammered home that message Thursday, touting the gains US forces have made in recent months.
"The road before you is promising, but it's perilous".
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