Trump says wants full Afghanistan pullout but hasn't set target date


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  • Wednesday, 27 May 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the he coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, the cost of treating diabetes and several other subjects in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday renewed his desire for a full military withdrawal from Afghanistan but added that he had not set a target date, amid speculation he might make ending America's longest war part of his re-election campaign.

"We're there 19 years and, yeah, I think that's enough... We can always go back if we want to," Trump told a White House news conference.

Asked if the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 26 was a target, Trump said: "No. I have no target. But as soon as (is) reasonable. Over a period of time but as soon as reasonable."

(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Phil Stewart; Editing by Dan Grebler)

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