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Trump Says he Called Off Secret Taliban Meeting at Camp David

Trump says he called of secret Taliban meeting at Camp David. Trump says he called of secret Taliban meeting at Camp David. |  Photo: Shealah Craighead/White House, MGN

JONATHAN LEMIRE and DEB RIECHMANN
Created: September 08, 2019 06:22 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says he was set this weekend to meet at Camp David with leaders of the Taliban to negotiate a peace deal in Afghanistan.

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But Trump says he called off that meeting, and a separate one with Afghanistan's president, after a Taliban bombing that killed an American soldier and 11 other people.

In a tweet Saturday evening, Trump questioned why the insurgent group thought a deadly bombing would improve their negotiating position.

The president has been under pressure from the Afghan government and some U.S. lawmakers who mistrust the Taliban and think it's too early to withdraw American forces.

Trump has pledged to withdraw the remaining 13,000 to 14,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan and end U.S. involvement in a conflict that is closing in on 18 years.

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JONATHAN LEMIRE and DEB RIECHMANN

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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