Trump dismisses U.S. stake in supporting Kurdish fighters, who helped fight Islamic State; House overwhelmingly votes to rebuke withdrawal

More than once, Trump suggested the United States has little concern in the Middle East because it is geographically distant -- a notion shared by some prior to Sept. 11, 2001, when al-Qaida militants used Afghanistan as a base from which to attack the U.S. That attack set off a series of armed conflicts, including in Iraq, that Trump considers a waste of American lives and treasure.