Donald Trump cancels planned meeting with Taliban after bombing killed US soldier
Donald Trump has said he scrapped a meeting he had planned with the Taliban at Camp David after the group admitted to a car bombing that killed a US soldier.
The US President was due to meet members of the Taliban from Afghanistan at the presidential retreat in Maryland, he tweeted.
The meeting was scheduled to take place this weekend, just days before the 9/11 anniversary on Wednesday.
But in a trademark Twitter rant yesterday, the president hit out at the Taliban after they admitted carrying out a car bomb attack in Kabul on Thursday.
He said on Saturday: 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 tonight.
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.
He added: What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position? They didnt, they only made it worse.
If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even kill 12 innocent people, then they probably dont have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway.
How many more decades are they willing to fight?
Mr Trump is under pressure to end American involvement after he pledged to withdraw the remaining 13,000 to 14,000 US troops from Afghanistan.
The Taliban harboured Al Qaeda leaders including Osama Bin Laden who were responsible for the atrocity which killed nearly 3,000 people in New York and Washington on September 11, 2001.
More than 2,400 US troops have been killed in the resulting conflict in Afghanistan but recent talks between US-Afghani officials and Taliban leaders have looked to end the deadly 18 year conflict.