President Trump told reporters outside the White House on Monday that U.S. peace talks with the Taliban are “dead” after the group claimed responsibility for a bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, last week that killed an American service member.
The big picture: Trump called off a secret meeting at Camp David this weekend as a result of the bombing, dealing a blow to the “in principle” agreement between the two sides that would have seen 5,400 troops leave Afghanistan.
The Taliban responded on Sunday by claiming that Trump’s decision to abruptly end peace talks will cost even more American lives.
We have been serving as policemen in Afghanistan, and that was not meant to be the job of our Great Soldiers, the finest on earth. Over the last four days, we have been hitting our Enemy harder than at any time in the last ten years!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 9, 2019