By Matthew Wright For Dailymail.com
Published: 03:00 BST, 11 October 2020 | Updated: 03:00 BST, 11 October 2020
The Taliban announced an endorsement of President Donald Trump's reelection campaign on Friday applauding his move to pull U.S. military troops out of Afghanistan
The endorsement, made by Zabihullah Mujahid, came just as other Taliban leaders wished the president a speedy recovery from COVID-19.
'We hope he will win the election and wind up U.S. military presence in Afghanistan,' Mujahid told CBS News.
The Taliban endorsed President Trump for his reelection campaign on Friday
Another Taliban leader added: 'When we heard about Trump being COVID-19 positive, we got worried for his health, but seems he is getting better.'
Tim Murtaugh, Trump's campaign spokesman, said on Saturday that they 'reject' the endorsement.
'The Taliban should know that the president will always protect American interests by any means necessary,' Murtaugh added.
Currently, there are fewer than 5,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. That number is expected to drop to 2,500 by early next year, national security adviser Robert O'Brien has claimed.
Currently, there are fewer than 5,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. That number is expected to drop