Trump says U.S will keep strong intel presence in Afghanistan

President Donald Trump said he wants to withdraw U.S troops from Afghanistan but will leave a strong intelligence presence, branding the country the "Harvard of terrorists" in an interview broadcast on Monday.

"We will be leaving very strong intelligence, far more than you would normally think," Trump told the 'Fox News' Channel's "Tucker Carlson Tonight" .

"It just seems to be a lab for terrorists... I call it the Harvard of terrorists," he said.

"I've wanted to pull them out," Trump said of U.S troops who have been fighting in the country since 2001.

But he said he hesitates due what he described as advice from the military that it is preferable to fight militants there than at home -- echoing an argument advanced by George W. Bush's administration.