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Trump's Cancelled Taliban Meeting in US Before 9/11 Heavily Criticized

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President Donald Trump in the Oval office (Alex Brandon/AP)

By    |   Sunday, 08 September 2019 10:06 AM

President Donald Trump is being hit from all sides for secretly planning to meet with Taliban leaders at Camp David just days before the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Trump announced Saturday night that he canceled the planned meeting after a bombing attack in Afghanistan killed an American soldier.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., tweeted his disagreement with the planned meeting: "Never should leaders of a terrorist organization that hasn't renounced 9/11 and continues in evil be allowed in our great country. NEVER. Full stop."

Kinzinger is a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force and has flown missions in several countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

A sampling of other reactions to the news:

Political analyst Bill Kristol:
"It's one thing for Zal Khalilzad to negotiate with the Taliban in Qatar. It's a disgrace for the president of the United States to invite Taliban leaders to Camp David."

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.:
"Camp David is where America's leaders met to plan our response after al Qaeda, supported by the Taliban, killed 3000 Americans on 9/11. No member of the Taliban should set foot there. Ever. The Taliban still harbors al Qaeda. The President is right to end the talks."

Republican presidential candidate Joe Walsh:
"Either he's lying or he was going to meet with the Taliban at Camp David three days before the 18th anniversary of 9/11. Either way he's unfit and a danger to this country."

Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I.:
"If @BarackObama ever invited the Taliban to Camp David during the week of 9/11... My point is that Republicans are hypocrites who will never criticize President Trump no matter what he does."

Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro:
"It's another bizarre episode. It's more of his erratic behavior that people are tired of and that's one of the reasons I believe that he's going to lose in 2020"

Political commentator Ana Navarro:
"I thought the cowardice, complicity, hypocrisy of elected Republicans could no longer amaze me. I was wrong. Imagine GOP reaction if Obama had announced by tweet that he’d planned a secret meeting with Taliban at Camp David on same week as 9/11 Anniversary. The freaking Taliban!"

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif.:
"You brought the Taliban to the United States the week of September 11?"

Actress and activist Alyssa Milano:
"For those of you following at home: @realDonaldTrump invited the Taliban for a secret meeting INSIDE the United States the week of 9/11 and then tweeted he was cancelling the secret meeting. IMPEACH!"

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