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Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Trump said he would leave a "very strong" intelligence presence in Afghanistan, in an interview broadcast on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on Monday.

Details: In a wide ranging interview, Trump told Fox News host Tucker Carlson he wanted to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. "I would like to just get out," he said. "The problem is, it just seems to be a lab for terrorists. ... I call it the Harvard of terrorists."

I've wanted to pull them out.  And you know, I have pulled a lot out. We were at 16,000.  We're down to about 9,000, which a lot of people don't know. "
— Trump on withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan

The big picture: Peace talks with the Taliban resumed in Qatar on Monday. The Taliban wants foreign forces to leave Afghanistan, while the U.S. wants a guarantee that the country won't be used as a base for attacks elsewhere, per Reuters.

  • Trump revealed his intention to keep intelligence service personnel in Afghanistan in response to a question from Carlson about how long he planned to keep troops in the country, noting 2 American servicemen were killed there last week.

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This article has been updated with more context and comments from Trump.

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Texas AG sues Biden administration over deportation freeze

Texas Attorney General Kenneth Paxton speaks to members of the media in front of the U.S. Supreme Court
in 2016. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing the Biden administration in federal district court over its 100-day freeze on deporting unauthorized immigrants, and asking for a temporary restraining order.

Between the lines: The freeze went into effect Friday, temporarily halting most immigration enforcement in the U.S. In the lawsuit, Paxton claims the move "violates the U.S. Constitution, federal immigration and administrative law, and a contractual agreement between Texas" and the Department of Homeland Security.

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President Biden has said that getting Americans vaccinated for COVID-19 is his administration’s top priority given an initial rollout plagued by organizational, logistical and technical glitches.

Axios Re:Cap digs into the bottlenecks and how to unclog them with Carbon Health chief executive Eren Bali, whose company recently began helping to manage vaccinations in Los Angeles.