Dem lawmaker: Who the 'f---' thought it was a good idea to invite Taliban to Camp David?

Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoHispanic Caucus asks for Department of Labor meeting on COVID in meatpacking plants The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden's latest plan on racial inequality Overnight Energy: Official says protesters not cleared from Lafayette Square for Trump | Trump administration blasts banks refusing to fund Arctic drilling | 2019 coal production hit lowest level since 1978 MORE (D-Ariz.), a former member of the Marine Corps and Iraq war veteran, on Sunday decried the Trump administration's decision to invite Taliban leaders to Camp David for peace talks.

"I want out of Afghanistan more than any one else," Gallego said on Twitter just a day after Trump announced that he'd canceled separate meetings with the Taliban and Afghanistan's president. "The place is a quagmire and distracts from our national interest and real security threats.


"But who the fuck thought it was a good idea to invite the Taliban to Camp David let alone around Sept 11th?"

The president on Saturday revealed that he was expecting to meet with Taliban leaders at Camp David amid ongoing peace talks. Trump announced on Twitter that he canceled the meeting and negotiations after learning that its leadership had claimed credit for a deadly attack in Kabul that killed an American solider and 11 others.  

"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 did not present specific details about Trump's plans to talk with Taliban representatives. The administration had been in engaged in talks with the insurgent group for months as as the parties sought to reach an agreement that would lead to a withdrawal of thousands of troops in Afghanistan. 

The Taliban claimed that the move to cancel peace talks would cause the U.S. to suffer more "losses."

“Both sides (U.S., Taliban) were busy with preparation for the announcement and signing the peace deal, but now the U.S president called off the peace dialogue. ... This will lead to more losses to the U.S.,” Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said in a statement, according to Reuters

Trump's move to invite the Taliban to Camp David prompted widespread outrage from Democratic lawmakers, with many expressing dismay over the timing. The 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks is on Wednesday. 

"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.