President Donald Trump said the U.S. is no longer nation-building but rather is "killing terrorists" during his primetime address Monday night at Fort Myer in Arlington, Va, regarding the U.S. path forward in Afghanistan.
Trump said the U.S. will continue its support for the Afghan government and military as they fight the Taliban in the field, but said that it is up to the Afghan people to "take ownership of their future."
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"We are a partner and a friend, but we will not dictate to the Afghan people how to live or how to govern their own complex society," Trump said.
"We are not nation-building again," Trump added. "We are killing terrorists."
Trump concluded his remarks by saying that America's support for the Afghan government is not a "blank check" and that the American people expect to see "real reforms" and "real results" in the country.
The war in Afghanistan has lasted 16 years, making it the longest conflict in U.S. history.