Spicer Dismisses Reporter Asking About More Troops to Afghanistan: ‘That’s a Very Washington Question’

‘Well, I think that’s a very Washington question, meaning just because you spend more, throw more people, doesn’t mean you’re doing it in the most effective way’

Spicer Dismisses Reporter Asking About More Troops to Afghanistan: ‘That’s a Very Washington Question’ (The Washington Free Beacon)

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer dismissed a reporter for asking a "very Washington question" on Tuesday when she inquired about a possible U.S. troop surge in Afghanistan.

The Trump administration is reportedly weighing sending as many as 5,000 more troops to Afghanistan, which would bring the total there to about 13,400. The Washington Post reported this week that President Trump's advisers are pushing for a new strategy against the Taliban, including granting the military broader authority to target the group with air strikes.

After Spicer tersely replied, "Yes," when NPR's Mara Liasson asked him if Trump wants to win the war in Afghanistan, she asked what winning would look like to the president.

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