Erik Prince's proposal to privatize Afghanistan war not under consideration, NSC says

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According to a senior administration official, this video caught the attention of Trump.

Prince's plan first came up last year during the commander-in-chief's strategy review on the Afghan War, now in its 17th year with no end in sight.

In a recent video, Prince argued that using private contractors instead of USA troops in Afghanistan would save the government money. "There have been some reports about that this week", Raddatz said.

But when asked about the idea on ABC, Bolton responded that, "there's always a lot of discussions. That will ultimately be the president's decision".

President Trump has grown increasingly frustrated with the Pentagon's Afghanistan strategy and has shown interest in a proposal by Blackwater founder Erik Prince to privatize the war, NBC News reported Friday.

National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks during the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland.

A spokesperson for the National Security Council pushed back at the report, telling NBC News that the president is committed to the strategy he signed off on a year ago and that "no such proposal from Erik Prince is under consideration". "It is a very clear delineation of who's in charge, OK?" Meanwhile, a senior State Department official reported that Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo both oppose the plan.

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President Trump has vocalized his possible support of using private military contractors in Afghanistan, instead of the USA military.

Erik Prince, founder of CEO of Blackwater, listens during a hearing in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., October 2, 2007.

Bolton added that the administration has "looked at several different possibilities to get the Taliban and others directly engaged with the government of Afghanistan".

National Security Adviser John Bolton says he may be open to privatizing the war in Afghanistan, reaffirming national security remains a critical priority moving forward.

Some officials are anxious that President Donald Trump, who has expressed frustrations with the current situation in Afghanistan in recent cabinet meetings, may take a controversial and ethically worrisome route - hiring private soldiers to carry out military operations in the region.

Raddatz pressed, "I feel like I've heard these arguments for 17 years, the same thing: 'The Taliban is desperate'". "And I think the administration is determined that it never happen again".

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