Trump weighs Blackwater founder's pitch to privatize Afghanistan war

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL players stand in tunnel during anthem, extending protests 12 former top intel officials blast Trump's move to revoke Brennan's security clearance NYT: Omarosa believed to have as many as 200 tapes MORE has reportedly shown renewed interest in a proposal by Blackwater founder Erik Prince to privatize the United States' war in Afghanistan, according to an NBC News.

Prince first started talking up the plan previous year, ahead of President Trump's announced escalation.

He envisions replacing troops with private military contractors who would work for a USA envoy for the war who would report to the president, the network reported. He gave the Pentagon what they wanted.

"No such proposal from Erik Prince is under consideration".

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Prince told NBC News "privatizing" is a "loaded term" used by his critics - who are painting "as rosy a picture as they can" to maintain the status quo - because there are now more contractors working in Afghanistan (around 6,000) than USA soldiers (approximately 2,000).

The Afghanistan war is known as the longest continuous operation in USA history and the president's disappointment with the status quo there has some lawmakers fearing the president will pull troops out.

Prince's appearance on MSNBC came shortly after NBC News reported that Trump is growing increasingly impatient with his own administration's strategy and looking toward Prince-the brother of billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos-for possible alternatives.

Prince says he hasn't spoken directly to Trump, but plans to launch a media campaign hyping the idea to sell the president on it in the coming days. "However, he also recognizes that withdrawing precipitously from Afghanistan would lead to the re-emergence of terrorist safe havens, putting American national security and lives in danger".

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