Trump says Taliban leaders were coming to the US for a Camp David meeting but he canceled it

Trump says Taliban leaders were coming to the US for a Camp David meeting but he canceled it

Trump tweeted that he scrapped the meeting after the Taliban took credit for an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan that killed a dozen people, including an American soldier.
“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,” Trump tweeted.
Trump claimed that before traveling to the US on Saturday evening, “Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to……an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great great soldiers, and 11 other people.”

“I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations,” Trump added.

The President slammed the leaders for thinking that the attacks would improve their negotiating position.

“What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position?” he tweeted. “They didn’t, they……..only made it worse!”

The announcement comes as the US and the Taliban are close to finalizing a peace deal. The lead US negotiator and special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, returned to Doha, Qatar, this week to resume talks with the Taliban.

Khalilzad had told Afghanistan’s TOLOnews on Monday that the US and the Taliban have reached an agreement “in principle,” pending final approval by Trump.

Khalilzad said that based on the draft agreement, the US will pull troops from five bases across Afghanistan within 135 days so long as the Taliban meet conditions set in the agreement.

The State Department referred CNN to the White House for comment.

In his tweets, Trump cast doubt on the leaders’ bargaining abilities in light of the killings.

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

This story is breaking and will be updated.

CNN’s Michael Callahan and Jennifer Hansler contributed to this report.

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