“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace questioned whether President Donald Trump’s decision to invite members of the Taliban to Camp David just days before the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was a slap in the face to the families of the victims.
Wallace noted that negotiations with the Islamic militant group are “now in question after the president canceled a secret meeting at Camp David.”
“We’re coming up this week on the 18th anniversary of 9/11,” Wallace told Karl Rove, a former adviser to President George W. Bush.
“What are your thoughts about the president wanting to meet with the Taliban face to face — people with the blood of thousands of Americans on their hands — at Camp David and now calling off the meeting?” Wallace asked Rove.
Rove insisted that the move “would be worth it” if U.S. soldiers could be withdrawn from Afghanistan.
“I question the whole idea of holding the meeting on the anniversary of 9/11,” Wallace said. “All respect to Karl, he talked about this deal was going to bring peace, but it wasn’t going to bring peace.”
“There was no national cease fire,” he added. “There was no assurance that there was going to be a deal between the Afghan government and the Taliban. There was no guarantee that they were going to protect women.”
Wallace later asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo whether it would have been politically prudent for Trump to personally attempt to negotiate a peace deal with members of the Islamic militant group at Camp David in Maryland.
“Who thought it was a good idea for the president of the United States to meet with Taliban leaders who have the blood of thousands of Americans on their hands just … days before 9/11?” Wallace asked Pompeo.
Pompeo said the White House had reflected on the “history of Camp David” and felt it was “perfectly appropriate” to extend the invitation to the Taliban leadership.
The Taliban recently reiterated its support for the 9/11 attacks.
“President Trump ultimately made the decision,” Pompeo said of the Camp David invite. “He said, ‘I want to talk to [Afghan President Ashraf Ghani], I want to talk to these Taliban negotiators, I want to look them in the eye.’”
“Lots of bad folks have come through that place,” he added, referring to Camp David. “There’s been lots of peace negotiations taking place. It’s almost always the case that you don’t get to negotiate with good guys.”
— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) September 8, 2019