Trump: I invited the Taliban to the U.S. for 'peace talks' but then they started acting bad
President Donald Trump revealed on Saturday that he had invited the Taliban to the United States for peace talks recently, but then they started acting up and he didn't like that very much.
“Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday. They were coming to the United States tonight,” Trump revealed.
“Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great great (sic) soldiers, and 11 other people. I immediately cancelled (sic) the meeting and called off peace negotiations,” he continued.
“What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position?” he asked. “They didn’t, they only made it worse!”
“If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even kill 12 innocent people, then they probably don’t have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway,” he argued.
“How many more decades are they willing to fight?” he asked.
Trump sounds surprised here. The Taliban is just doing what the Taliban does. If President Obama had invited them to Camp David, Republicans would try to label him as weak. His original strategy was a poor one, which he openly admits.
Trump promised to get our troops out of Afghanistan while campaigning for president but announced just last week that he will have to keep 8,600 there. That's not a withdrawal.
The war has been ongoing there for more than 18 years. There is no end in sight. Since 2001, more than 2,400 Americans have been killed in the fight. The Taliban still control about half of the country.
The U.S. is still considering a peace agreement with the Taliban even though the invite was withdrawn. We're not sure how well that will go.
Trump likes to talk to his enemies which sounds good on the surface but all it does is lose him ground. His same strategy with North Korea's Kim Jong-un has so far proved unfruitful, and Iran is now saying it will start developing nuclear weapons because the Trump administration sabotaged their agreement. Do we really expect this to go any differently?