Seeds of surrender

In his last two years in office, former President Donald Trump did everything he could to get the United States out of Afghanistan, an effort that was capped off by a deal with the Taliban in February 2020 to bring all the troops home by May 1 of the following year.

Trump tried his hardest not only to accelerate the withdrawal but also to make it difficult, if not impossible, for any future president to reverse course.

Trump wanted out of Afghanistan from his first day in office. But early on, in the summer of 2017, he allowed himself to be persuaded against his gut feeling
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