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I get confused to understand this sentence

"That's something that U.S. national security advisers may be requesting from President Donald Trump."

Does it mean that

U.S. national security advisers are requesting Mr.Trump to do something?

Or Trump asking US national security advisers to do something?

Thank you!

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The sentence means that the U.S. national advisers are asking Mr. Trump for something. If you include the sentence just before this one, we'll be able to tell you if they are asking Mr. Trump for a thing or if they are asking him to do something.

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  • Thanks and actually, the sentence before it is that "Thousands of additional U.S. troops headed to the southern Asian country of Afghanistan." and the next sentence follows
    – Han
    Jun 20, 2017 at 8:45
  • @Han Can you please edit that into your question?
    – Phil14
    Jun 20, 2017 at 8:48
  • First story, are thousands of additional U.S. troops headed to the southern Asian country of Afghanistan. That's something that U.S. national security advisers may be requesting from President Donald Trump.
    – Han
    Jun 20, 2017 at 8:58
  • @Han Now I understand. The sentence means that U.S. national security advisers may be asking President Trump to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. It makes it much easier for us to help you on this site when you include as much context as possible or even the source of the text in your question.
    – Phil14
    Jun 20, 2017 at 9:02
  • No worries @Han
    – Phil14
    Jun 20, 2017 at 9:09
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The quotation is from the transcript of a May 11, 2017 program on CNN10 (I'm not sure where that is) as follows:

I'm Carl Azuz. It's great to see you this Thursday.

First story, are thousands of additional U.S. troops headed to the southern Asian country of Afghanistan. That's something that U.S. national security advisers may be requesting from President Donald Trump.

The transcript apparently has an error: there should be a question mark after "Afghanistan."

So the program is suggesting that the President's national security advisors may request that President Donald Trump approve additional troops for Afghanistan.

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  • In Britain, I think it would more likely be written "That is something they are requesting of the Prime Minister". We tend to "request of" rather than "request from". Prepositions again! From might be used if emphasis was required as to whom the request was being made. e.g "Make a request for permission!" "Who from?"
    – WS2
    Jun 20, 2017 at 9:27
  • @Han It might be nice just to give Xanne an up-vote for that.
    – WS2
    Jun 20, 2017 at 9:28

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