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

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall House votes to send impeachment articles to Senate MORE (I-Mich.) on Sunday denounced President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' 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. 


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 PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoCountries reach agreement in Berlin on Libya cease-fire push, arms embargo Trump Jr.: If 'weaker' Republicans only call for certain witnesses, 'they don't deserve to be in office' House Democrats may call new impeachment witnesses if Senate doesn't 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 KinzingerPentagon exodus extends 'concerning,' 'baffling' trend of acting officials in key roles Republican group asks 'what is Trump hiding' in Times Square billboard Koch campaign touts bipartisan group behind ag labor immigration bill MORE (R-Ill.) tweeted

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharNew York Times editor: Warren, Klobuchar endorsement reflects 'extremely divided' Democratic Party Biden leads Democratic primary field in Iowa: poll Bloomberg says he would vote to convict Trump if he were a senator MORE (D-Minn.), a 2020 presidential candidate, called it another example of Trump "treating foreign policy like some kind of game show."