The president also announced the “core pillar” of his new strategy, shifting from a time-based approach to one based on conditions.
- Trump said he will not talk about numbers of troops or plans for further military activities. "America's enemies must never know our plans or believe they can wait us out," he said. "I will not say when we are going to attack, but attack we will."
- Trump said he will integrate all instruments of American power, including diplomatic, economic and military.
- Afghanistan, the president said, must "take ownership of their future." " We are not nation building again. We are killing terrorists," he said.
- Trump also vowed a new approach toward Pakistan. "Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan," he said. "It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists."
Lastly, Trump promised military members that they would have the “necessary tools” to make U.S. strategy work.
“Micromanagement from Washington, D.C., does not win battles,” he said. “They are won in the field drawing upon the judgment and expertise of wartime commanders and frontline soldiers.”