Trump outlines new plan in South Asia 22 Aug 17

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence says President Donald Trump is sending a “message of resolve and commitment” on Afghanistan.

Speaking on NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday, Pence said Trump is offering “a whole new regional strategy for South Asia.”

During a nationally televised address Monday night, Trump recommitted the United States to the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan.

Trump did not detail how many more U.S. troops will be sent. Pence said the exact numbers were “yet to be seen.”

Pence also defended Trump, who touched off a firestorm after saying “both sides” were to blame for violence that erupted at a rally organized by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The vice president said Trump has denounced “bigotry and hatred,” adding that “there was no moral equivalency drawn by the president.”