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

Rep. Michael WaltzMichael WaltzAfghan Women: Essential for Peace Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Overnight Defense: US deploys low-yield nukes on submarines | Watchdog warns Iraq withdrawal 'likely' means ISIS resurgence | What to watch in Trump's State of the Union MORE (R-Fla.) on Saturday knocked President TrumpDonald John TrumpOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen Barr tells prosecutors to consider coronavirus risk when determining bail: report 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.”

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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 CheneyScott Gottlieb becomes key voice warning Trump, GOP on coronavirus Self-quarantined New York lawmaker: 'We should be in total lockdown' On The Money: Trump hopes to reopen economy by Easter | GOP senators expect stimulus vote on Wednesday | Democratic leaders forecast at least two more relief bills 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 KinzingerLawmakers urge EU to sanction Putin associate for election interference Blagojevich calls himself a 'Trumpocrat,' praises Trump after release from prison Sanders slams Trump pardons as part of 'broken and racist criminal justice system' 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.”