On Sunday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar criticized Donald Trump’s foreign policy style and she cast doubt on his explanation to why peace talks with the Taliban have been put on hold indefinitely.
“To me, this is just no way to conduct foreign policy,” the Democratic presidential candidate said on CNN’s “State of the Union.“
“Yes, we should be negotiating with the Afghan government, and we should be negotiating with the Taliban to try to end the bloodshed in this country, which has been going on for decades.”
On Saturday, Trump stated that he had intended to hold secret peace talks involving the Taliban and Afghanistan’s government at Camp David, but that he had decided to shelve the meeting because of a Taliban attack.
“The whole focus of this, of course, is to bring our troops home, which I strongly support,” Klobuchar added.
“But he didn’t even seem to have an agreement or close to an agreement when he set the summit,” Klobuchar said. “Then the excuse that’s used to end the summit and take it down is the fact that, tragically, an American service member died, as well as other civilians. But then they kept negotiating after that happened, through Saturday, so the whole thing doesn’t quite make sense to me.”
On Sunday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that peace negotiations with the Taliban are off indefinitely after the Islamic militia admitted responsibility for a recent attack in which eleven were killed included a U.S. soldier.
Sgt. 1st Class Elis A. Barreto Ortiz, a paratrooper, was killed in the attack.
Trump stated on Twitter that the Taliban admitted to the attack in an attempt to build “false leverage.”
On Sunday, the New York Times cited an anonymous official, that suspension of the talks had happened more so because the Taliban was resisting American terms and plans for the Camp David summit had been rushed.
“This isn’t a game show — these are terrorists,” Klobuchar said. “The way he conducts foreign policy — this reminds me exactly of North Korea. He loves showmanship. He 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.”