1. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, US President:
"They're dead. They're dead. As far as I'm concerned, they're dead. They thought that they had to kill people in order to put themselves in a little better negotiating position. When they did that, they killed 12 people. One happened to be a great American soldier, a wonderful young man from Puerto Rico, family is from Puerto Rico. And you can't do that. You can't do that with me. So they're dead as far as I'm concerned. And we've hit the Taliban harder in the last four days than they've been hit over 10 years. So that's the way it is."
2. Cutaway of press
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, US President:
"No actually, in terms of advisers, I took my own advice. I liked the idea of meeting. I met with a lot of bad people and a lot of good people during the course of the last almost three years. And I think meeting is a great thing. I think that meeting with, you know you're talking about war. There are meetings with war. Otherwise wars would never end. You'd have them go on forever. We had a meeting schedule. It was my idea and it was my idea to terminate it. I didn't even, I didn't discuss it with anybody else. When I heard, very simply, that they killed one of our soldiers and 12 other innocent people, I said there's no way I'm meeting on that basis, there's no way of meeting. And they did a mistake. And by the way, they are telling people they made a big mistake. They're saying it loud and clear that they made a big mistake."
5. Cutaway of Jared Kushner, others
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, US President:
"Well Camp David has held meetings with a lot of people that would have been perceived as being pretty tough customers and pretty bad people. There have been plenty of so-called bad people brought up to Camp David for meetings. And the alternative was the White House and you wouldn't have been happy with that either. So Camp David would have been a good place but I don't want to meet in the circumstances where they go around and try and make themselves a little bit more important by killing a soldier, by killing actually also a great NATO soldier in addition to our soldier, and also a total of 12 people. I don't want that."
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, US President:
"As I've said, we've been policemen there for a long time and the government's going to have to take responsibility or do whatever it is they do. I've been saying from the campaign that we want to get out at the earliest possible time. We're doing a very good job. Our soldiers are incredible but they're serving as policemen to a large extent. I just made a statement on it. Yeah. We'd like to get out but we'll get out at the right time."
U.S. peace talks with the Taliban are now "dead," President Donald Trump declared Monday, one day after he abruptly canceled a secret meeting he had arranged with Taliban and Afghan leaders aimed at ending America's longest war.
Trump's remark to reporters at the White House suggested he sees no point in resuming a nearly yearlong effort to reach a political settlement with the Taliban, whose protection of al-Qaida extremists in Afghanistan prompted the U.S. to invade after the 9/11 attacks.
Asked about the peace talks, Trump said, "They're dead. They're dead. As far as I'm concerned, they're dead."
It's unclear whether Trump will go ahead with planned U.S. troop cuts and how the collapse of his talks will play out in deeply divided Afghanistan.
In his remarks to reporters Monday, Trump said his administration is "looking at" whether to proceed with troop reductions that had been one element of the preliminary deal with the Taliban struck by presidential envoy Zalmay Khalilzad.
"We'd like to get out, but we'll get out at the right time," Trump said.
Khalilzad had been in negotiations for nearly a year with the Taliban's political wing in Doha, Qatar. What had seemed like an imminent deal to end America's longest war unraveled at the last minute.
Trump tweeted Saturday night that he had canceled his planned meeting with the Taliban and Afghan leaders at Camp David this past weekend.
The insurgents are now promising more bloodshed. The Afghan government remains mostly on the sidelines of the U.S. peace effort. And as Trump's reelection campaign heats up, his quest to withdraw the remaining 14,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan remains unfulfilled — so far.
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