Over the weekend, the New York Times reported that President Trump's National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster will soon be proposing yet another troop increase in Afghanistan. According to the Times, "The White House shelved the deliberations over Afghanistan three weeks ago, after an initial Pentagon proposal to deploy up to 5,000 additional American troops ran into fierce resistance" from White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon and other advisers.
President Donald Trump announces the selection of Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new National Security Adviser on Feb. 20, 2017. (Screen shot from Whitehouse.gov)
But McMaster, reports the Times, is "undeterred" and "plans to bring the debate back to the front burner this coming week," according to an anonymous U.S. official.