GOP lawmaker criticizes Trump's planned meeting with Taliban in US

Rep. Michael WaltzMichael WaltzBill introduced to give special immigrant visas to Kurds who helped US in Syria Republicans storm closed-door hearing to protest impeachment inquiry Overnight Defense: Trump ousts Bolton in shocker | Fallout, reaction from GOP senators | Senate spending talks in chaos | Dems eye vote to nix Trump border emergency MORE (R-Fla.) on Saturday knocked President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE's canceled meeting with Taliban leaders at Camp David, shortly after Trump announced he wasn't moving forward with the secret meeting.

Appearing on CNN Sunday, Waltz said “as we head into the anniversary of 9/11, I do not ever want to see these terrorists step foot on the United States soil. Period.”

“I can understand the president’s frustration. Heck, the American people’s frustration. This war has been long, hard and costly,” Waltz said of Trump's attempts to deal with the Taliban in order to end the U.S. involvement in the conflict, according to a clip of the interview shared by Mediate. “But that doesn’t mean that we can just walk away or just wish away these wars.”


Trump last week said he canceled the meeting after the Taliban claimed credit for a recent deadly attack in Kabul that killed 11 civilians and a U.S. service member.

Trump was using the planned meeting at Camp David to further negotiate a peace deal, offering to withdraw troops in exchange for the Taliban to end fighting in the region.

Waltz said he doesn’t believe the Taliban have shown any desire for peace.

Waltz noted that his problem with the peace talks “is with the terms of the deal as we understand them now. I don’t think we are getting hardly anything in exchange for withdrawing our forces.”

“One of the major aspects of the deal was that the Taliban assured us that they would stop Afghanistan from being used by Al-Qaeda, ISIS and others to launch attacks on the West,” he said. “Even if you buy into those assurances, which I don’t, I don’t think they have the military capability to keep Al-Qaeda from using Afghanistan as a base.”

“I’m urging the president to walk away from this deal as it stands,” the first-term lawmaker added.

In a tweet Sunday, Waltz praised Trump for canceling the planned peace talks.

Waltz, a former member of the U.S. Army Special Forces who served in Afghanistan, joined a few other Republicans over the weekend who denounced the planned peace talks on American soil

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyOvernight Energy: Senate eyes nixing 'forever chemicals' fix from defense bill | Former Obama EPA chief named CEO of green group | Senate reviews Interior, FERC nominees criticized on ethics Liz Cheney applauds Trump for pulling out of Paris climate agreement Liz Cheney to introduce legislation preventing Trump administration from renewing Iran sanctions waivers MORE (R-Wyo.) praised Trump's decision to cancel the meeting but said the terrorist group shouldn't "set foot" in Camp David. 

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerHouse approves Turkey sanctions in rare bipartisan rebuke of Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing GOP lawmaker condemns Trump over 'human scum' comment MORE (R-Ill.) said the Taliban shouldn't ever be allowed in the country since the group “hasn’t renounced 9/11 and continues in evil be allowed in our great country.”