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Trump reportedly compared the Afghanistan War to a New York restaurant

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President Trump compared the policy review process for the War in Afghanistan to the renovation of a famous New York City restaurant, according to NBC News.

NBC News reported Wednesday that Trump mentioned Manhattan’s ‘21’ Club during a July 19 meeting on strategy for the conflict.

Trump reportedly told his advisers that the restaurant shut its doors for a year during the 1980s and hired a pricey consultant for help settling on a renovation plan.

The president said the consultant suggested the spot needed a bigger kitchen, effectively costing the ’21’ Club’s owners a year of business.

Senior Trump administration officials told NBC News that the president was illustrating how the restaurant may have been better served by listening to its waiters instead.

Trump was using the anecdote to show his advisers that War in Afghanistan military veterans may have better insight on the conflict than they did.

Some Twitter users on Wednesday slammed Trump for reportedly mentioning the Afghanistan situation and New York restaurants in the same meeting.

Other people on the social media platform praised Trump’s analogy, which originated outside politics during his tenure as a Manhattan real estate tycoon.

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The ‘21’ Club closed for two months in 1987, ultimately reopening to patrons after a full renovation.

Administration officials said Trump voiced frustration about the U.S. military’s results in Afghanistan during the July meeting.
“We aren’t winning,” he said, according to these officials. “We are losing.”

One official added Trump pointed to maps depicting gains made by the Taliban in Afghanistan while directing his dissatisfaction at Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Mattis responded to Trump that the U.S. is struggling as it lacks the strategy it needs for success in Afghanistan.

Trump’s national security team is reportedly meeting Thursday to discuss the issue again at the White House.

Trump is not currently scheduled to attend the session, but one official suggested that could change by the conversation’s huddle.

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