Amash blasts Trump for inviting Taliban leaders to Camp David week of 9/11

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashAmash warns of turning lawmakers like Cheney into 'heroes' Cheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP Biden: 'Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK' MORE (I-Mich.) on Sunday denounced President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE for inviting Taliban leaders to Camp David for peace talks just days before the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. 

"How about we end the war without inviting the Taliban to dinner on the week of 9/11?" Amash, an Independent who left the GOP earlier this year, said on Twitter after Trump announced that he'd canceled secret meetings with leaders of the Taliban and Afghanistan's president. 

The president said on Twitter on Saturday that he was expecting to meet with leaders of the Taliban for what he described as "very important peace talks" at Camp David. But he said he canceled the meeting and peace negotiations with the insurgent group after learning that its leadership had claimed credit for a deadly attack in Kabul. 

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What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position?" he asked in a series of tweets. "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 don’t have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway. How many more decades are they willing to fight?" 

The White House has not offered specific details about Trump's plans to talk with a Taliban representative. The administration has been engaged in talks with the group for months despite the Taliban's refusal to directly communicate with the Afghan government. 

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoNoem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions MORE on Sunday defended the president's plans, saying that the administration had "an obligation to do everything we can."

"The president believed we could further that, further American national interest, with people that have the capacity to actually deliver," Pompeo said on CNN's "State of the Union."

Democratic and Republican lawmakers have ripped Trump over the planned meeting, with many expressing dismay over the timing. The 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks is on Wednesday. 

"Never should leaders of a terrorist organization that hasn't renounced 9/11 and continue in evil be allowed in our great country. NEVER. Full stop," Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerBiden asks Pentagon to examine 'how and when' to mandate COVID-19 vaccine for troops Stefanik calls Cheney 'Pelosi pawn' over Jan. 6 criticism Kinzinger primary challenger picks up Cawthorn endorsement MORE (R-Ill.) tweeted

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharBill would honor Ginsburg, O'Connor with statues at Capitol Overnight Health Care: CDC advises vaccinated to wear masks in high-risk areas | Biden admin considering vaccine mandate for federal workers Four senators call on Becerra to back importation of prescription drugs from Canada MORE (D-Minn.), a 2020 presidential candidate, called it another example of Trump "treating foreign policy like some kind of game show."