Buoyed by recent successes against ISIS, President Donald Trump said Monday he opposes talks with the Taliban, which breaks from President Barack Obama’s support for a peace process that involved direct talks.
“I don’t see any talking taking place, Trump said. “I don’t think we’re prepared to talk right now.”
The president’s remarks come in the wake of two terrorist attacks in Kabul, as he spoke at a luncheon meeting with U.N. Security Council ambassadors Monday at the White House, CNS News reported.
“When we see what they’re doing and the atrocities that they’re committing, and killing their own people, and those people are women and children, many, many women and children that are totally innocent – it’s horrible,” Trump said.
The number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan have increased from 8,500 to 14,000 under Trump, CNS News noted, and the president spoke about finishing the job.
“So there’s no talking to the Taliban. We don’t want to talk to the Taliban,” Trump stated. “We’re going to finish what we have to finish. What nobody else has been able to finish, we’re going to be able to do it.”
Showing off their social media prowess, the seventh-century barbarians replied on Twitter with a message of their own, tagging Trump in the process.
“Let us know when you’re ready to talk to discuss your exit. Soon is better before it becomes very ugly for you in Afghanistan. You know how to reach us through our office in Doha,” the tweet read.
Let us know when you're ready to talk to discuss your exit.
Soon is better before it becomes very ugly for you in Afghanistan.
You know how to reach us through our office in Doha.👍#Taliban https://t.co/NEP1hDIp6j
— عبد الله الوزير (@Alvizier) January 29, 2018