President Donald Trump will address the country Monday night when he will provide an update on his administration’s plans for Afghanistan and South Asia.
The details of what Trump will announce are not clear, but he is expected to approve sending more troops to Afghanistan.
According to a White House statement, the president will be speaking to America’s armed forces from Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia, at 9 p.m.
The announcement comes as news reports Sunday morning indicated that Defense Secretary James Mattis had a new strategy for how to fight the war in Afghanistan, a conflict the nation has been engaged in since shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.
According to the Associated Press, Mattis, speaking aboard a military aircraft on an overnight flight from Washington to Amman, Jordan, said he was "very comfortable that the strategic process was sufficiently rigorous."
Mattis, the president, Vice President Mike Pence and a number of other top officials gathered at Camp David on Friday to discuss the policy.
Earlier in his administration, the president had given Mattis authority over troop levels in Afghanistan, but Mattis has yet to significantly augment American forces there.
The seemingly endless conflict in Afghanistan has been the subject of significant debate within the administration. The president has at times expressed skepticism about the possibility of winning a war there. “I want to find out why we’ve been there for 17 years," he told reporters at one point.
In June, Mattis told a Senate panel: "We are not winning in Afghanistan."
The panel’s chair, Arizona Republican John McCain, challenged Mattis on the subject, long a sore point among America’s hawks.
“We want a strategy, and I don’t think that’s a hell of a lot to ask,” McCain said. “We’re now six months into this administration. We still haven’t got a strategy for Afghanistan. It makes it hard for us to support you when we don’t have a strategy.”
Nahal Toosi contributed to this article.