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Ex-GOP Lawmaker Blasts Trump For Inviting Taliban Leaders To Camp David Week Of 9/11 Anniversary


Ex-GOP Lawmaker Blasts Trump For Inviting Taliban Leaders To Camp David Week Of 9/11 Anniversary

Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.), who left the GOP to become an Independent earlier this year, ripped into President Trump for initially inviting Taliban leaders to Camp David for peace talks just days before the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

“How about we end the war without inviting the Taliban to dinner on the week of 9/11?” Amash said on Twitter Sunday after Trump announced by tweet that he’d canceled secret meetings with leaders of the Taliban and Afghanistan’s president.

Trump on Saturday tweeted: “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. Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted tp an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great great soldiers, and 11 other people.”

He continued: “I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations. What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position? 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. How many more decades are they willing to fight?”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday defended Trump’s plans, saying that the administration had “an obligation to do everything we can.”

“The president believed we could further that, further American national interest, with people that have the capacity to actually deliver,” Pompeo said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“Never should leaders of a terrorist organization that hasn’t renounced 9/11 and continue in evil be allowed in our great country. NEVER. Full stop,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) tweeted.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), a 2020 presidential candidate, called it another example of Trump “treating foreign policy like some kind of game show.”


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