FW: Pool Report #1

From: Chris Johnson [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 10:58 AM
To: Allen, Jessica L. EOP/WHO
Subject: Pool Report #1

As everyone knows, Obama in the Roosevelt Room of the White House announced continued U.S. troop levels for Afghanistan through the end of his administration.

Instead going of down to 5,500 troops by the end of this year as planned, based on recommendations Obama said the United States will maintain about 8,400 troops in Afghanistan into next year. (Current level is 9,800 troops.)

"Maintaining our forces at this specific level based on our assessment of the security conditions and the strength of Afghan forces will allow us to continue to provide daily support to help Afghan forces continue to improve," Obama said.

Obama, wearing a charcoal suit and grey tie, said the narrow focus of the U.S. mission won't change and will remaining training and supporting Afghan troops and counter-terrorism efforts.

On Obama's right was Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and on his left was Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford.

Obama began remarks at 10:27 and concluded at 10:40.


Chris Johnson

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