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There’s A Tweet For Everything, Taliban Edition: Trump Blasted Obama For Considering Negotiations

President Donald Trump on Saturday made a startling announcement regarding the United States, Afghanistan, and the possibility of negotiations with the Taliban taking place at Camp David, on the same week as the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

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“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” on Saturday evening, Trump wrote in a series of tweets on the matter.

Yet the meeting was called off, the president said, due to recent violence used by the organization.

An attack in Kabul was used to “build false leverage” on the Taliban’s part. “I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations” in response to those attacks, Trump said.

He added, “How many more decades are they willing to fight?”

The secret meeting seemed to be unknown to anyone in the public or in the media, The Independent reported. But they also noted, as did several individuals on social media, that Trump previously criticized his predecessor for making attempts at negotiating an end to the war in Afghanistan.

In 2012, the Obama administration reportedly made similar attempts to meet with the Taliban, though they were not at Camp David or within the United States itself, as the planned meetings for this week were set to be. Bruce Riedel, a foreign policy and counter-terrorism expert who served in the early months of the Obama administration, called the negotiations a “long shot” at the time.

“I think it is worth pursuing, but I think we should have our expectations very low,” Riedel said in 2012.

Trump, who had not yet formally entered politics at the time, blasted the administration in a tweet from around that same era.

“While @BarackObama is slashing the military, he is also negotiating with our sworn enemy the Taliban — who facilitated 9/11,” Trump stated.

It should be noted that the Taliban played no role in the attacks of September 11, 2001, but did harbor Osama bin Laden and other members of al Qaeda within Afghanistan after the attacks.

The Taliban at the time had said it would hand over bin Laden to the U.S. if evidence was provided to prove his guilt in the attacks, and only to a neutral country.

Former President George W. Bush rejected those demands, according to The Guardian. “There’s no need to discuss innocence or guilt. We know he’s guilty,” Bush said.



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