President Trump Cancels Secret Talks With The Taliban At Camp David

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President Trump Cancels Secret Talks With The Taliban At Camp David

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the want to "get this right."

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is defending President Trump's decision to invite a Taliban representative to Camp David. 

"We've been having conversations with the president," Pompeo said. "We believe we can further America's national interests by having conversations with the people that have the capacity to actually deliver. We're aiming to get this right."

Pompeo tells CNN's State of the Union that the meeting, which was canceled, was to talk about peace.  He said the Trump administration has "an obligation to do everything it can."  

Trump announced Saturday night he had canceled a secret meeting with leaders of the Taliban and Afghanistan's president at Camp David after the Taliban leadership claimed credit for a fatal bombing in Kabul.  

Leaders from both parties criticized Trump's decision to have Taliban representatives on U.S. soil just days before the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.  

The Taliban says more Americans will die after President Trump called off a secret meeting at Camp David. The Afghan terrorist group said Trump's decision to call off talks "will lead to more losses to the U.S." 

(PHOTO: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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