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United States President Donald Trump whispers to Vice President Mike Pence in the Cabinet Room of the White House June 30, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo credit BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Americans on both sides of the aisle were stunned this weekend when President Donald Trump announced that a top secret meeting between his administration and leaders of the Taliban had been cancelled after the violent fundamentalist group took credit for a bombing in Kabul that left 12 people, including an American soldier, dead.

It wasn't the meeting's cancellation that was a surprise, but that a meeting with the Taliban and the President at Camp David on the 18th anniversary week of the September 11 attacks was ever on the table in the first place.

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