Trump Cancels Secret Meeting With Taliban

Erin Evans

President Trump revealed that he was set to have a secret meeting with Taliban leaders at Camp David to discuss peace in Afghanistan, but he cancelled the meeting at the last minute after an attack killed an American soldier.

Trump, of course, tweeted about both the planned meeting and his decision to cancel it.

“The Pentagon announced Friday that Sgt. 1st Class Elis Angel Barreto Ortiz was killed in Afghanistan,” CNN reported.  “Barreto, a 34-year-old paratrooper from Morovis, Puerto Rico, died when a car bomb exploded at a checkpoint near NATO headquarters and the US embassy in Kabul.  Barreto is the 16th US service member to be killed in Afghanistan in 2019, and three other American service members have been killed in recent weeks.”

The Taliban has killed thousands of American soldiers since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan one month after September 11, 2001.  One of President Trump’s campaign promises was to remove American troops from the longstanding conflict, which he has called an “aimless boondoggle.”