President Obama will visit Fort Drum, N.Y., on Thursday, raising speculation that he might make an announcement about the pace and scope of the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan that is slated to begin in July.
But the White House tried to downplay expectations about a decision. Spokesman Jay Carney told reporters he would “steer [them] away” from expecting an announcement, because the president hasn’t made up his mind about what to do.
Carney said “with absolute certainty” that the president hasn’t reached a decision yet, although he said one will come “soon.”
At Fort Drum, home to the Army’s 10th Mountain Division, Obama is expected to visit with soldiers, some of whom have been the most deployed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most recently, he met with soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky., after the death of Osama bin Laden, and he visited wounded service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. last Friday.
Obama is also slated to attend two fundraisers in New York City on Thursday.