Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar on Sunday slammed President Donald Trump’s scrapped invitation to host Taliban leaders in the US for secret peace talks as “another example of the President conducting foreign policy like a game show.”
“The whole thing doesn’t quite make sense and it’s just another example of the President treating foreign policy like its some kind of game show. This isn’t a game show, these are terrorists,” the Minnesota senator told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” “And yes, you want to try to end the bloodshed and talk to them and see if an agreement can be met and you want to do it with our allies and you want to keep those hard fought Democratic reforms in place, but the way he conducts foreign policy reminds me exactly of North Korea. He loves the showmanship.”
Klobuchar added that Trump “wants to have that moment but then all the details aren’t done and then we end up in a worse place on the world stage than we were before.”
On Saturday, Trump tweeted that he invited Taliban leaders to Camp David for secret peace talks this weekend but canceled the meeting after the Taliban took credit for an attack in Kabul that killed a dozen people, including an American soldier. While Trump has long sought to withdraw the US from its longest war, news of his unprecedented invitation to the Taliban for peace talks at Camp David – especially near the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks – rattled Washington.
But despite criticism over the plan – including unease from some Republican lawmakers – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNN Sunday the US is still interested in striking a peace deal with the Taliban, but won’t move forward until there is proof that the Taliban can deliver on its commitments under a potential agreement.
When asked if she would ever host the Taliban at Camp David as president, Klobuchar said Sunday, “if you had an iron-clad agreement, you could look at anything.”
CORRECTION: This story has been updated to correct a quote from Klobuchar during her interview on Sunday.