President Donald Trump announced this weekend that he scrapped plans to meet with Taliban leaders at Camp David the week of the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
The cancellation came after the fundamentalist political movement took credit for killing 12 people, including an American soldier, in an attack on Kabul.
Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going… https://t.co/1HtmeRqqzE— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1567896677.0
....an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great great soldiers, and 11 other people. I immediately cancelled th… https://t.co/y8kye41ORQ— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1567896678.0
....only made it worse! If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even… https://t.co/M3BctNpVqu— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1567896678.0
Fewer people praised Trump for calling off the meeting than those who criticized him for allowing the Taliban on United States soil to begin with—to Camp David on the week of 9/11, no less. The Taliban sheltered al Qaeda leader and 9/11 orchestrator Osama bin Laden for a number of years, as well as refused to assist in shuttering al Qaeda bases.
One of the loudest voices against Donald Trump's decision to meet with the Taliban is turning out to be Donald Trump himself, pre-presidency.
We know there's always a tweet, but in this case, there are several condemning then-President Obama's efforts to reach a deal with the Taliban.
While @BarackObama is slashing the military, he is also negotiating with our sworn enemy the Taliban--who facilitated 9/11.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1326485687.0
The U.S. cannot negotiate with terrorists. It is a sad and terrible situation for the family involved, but this can only lead to disaster.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1401583447.0
Joe Biden said that the Taliban 'is not our enemy.' I wonder how our troops in Afghanistant that are under attack view Biden's statement.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1324413853.0
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insists that the United States has made significant strides towards peace talks, but even some of Trump's allies within the Republican party are criticizing the decision to bring terrorists into Camp David.
Camp David is where America’s leaders met to plan our response after al Qaeda, supported by the Taliban, killed 300… https://t.co/Df0LfIjVR5— Liz Cheney (@Liz Cheney)1567940107.0
Never should leaders of a terrorist organization that hasn’t renounced 9/11 and continues in evil be allowed in our… https://t.co/uBpH4xjGpo— Adam Kinzinger (@Adam Kinzinger)1567904006.0
We should not be negotiating with the #Taliban as have they shown NO desire for peace. None. #AfghanPeaceProcess https://t.co/REITJD4qkf— Michael Waltz (@Michael Waltz)1567733441.0
Former Republican Congressman and challenger to Trump in 2020, Joe Walsh criticized the decision as well.
Either he’s lying or he was going to meet with the Taliban at Camp David three days before the 18th anniversary of… https://t.co/cL8MVxnM4R— Joe Walsh (@Joe Walsh)1567903304.0
Virtually no one thought this was a good idea to begin with.
"Imagine if Barack Obama had invited the Taliban to Camp David just a few days before the 9/11 anniversary...Republ… https://t.co/AjywZtIZXJ— Mehdi Hasan (@Mehdi Hasan)1567975143.0
Guess Trump’s travel ban stops short of banning the Taliban...— Morgan J. Freeman (@Morgan J. Freeman)1567993984.0
Trump: I deserve great praise for not letting the Taliban into our country. Me: Aren’t you the one who invited th… https://t.co/1x3stw3qPn— Bryan Behar (@Bryan Behar)1567993338.0
Rather than negotiating peace talks with a brutal regime, Trump is now more in his element: insulting John Legend and Chrissy Teigen on Twitter.
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