Democratic presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar on Sunday criticized President Donald Trump for his decision to cancel a meeting with Taliban leaders intended to discuss a possible peace deal, saying the move represented “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 it’s some kind of game show. This isn’t a game show, these are terrorists,” the senator said during an appearance on CNN’s “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 without 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,” she continued.
Klobuchar further told CNN’s Jake Tapper that such behavior only leads to everyone being in a worse situation than before.
Over the weekend, President Trump tweeted that he was to hold secret peace talks with the leaders of the Afghan insurgency group but later said that he had canceled the meeting due to the two terrorist attacks in Kabul in which a U.S. soldier was killed.
The news of the planned meeting shook Washington, particularly as it comes days before the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and amid repeated claims by Trump that he would pull troops out of Afghanistan.
Trump’s move drew a lot of criticism, including from GOP lawmakers, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo nonetheless noted that the U.S. is still interested in reaching a peace agreement with the Taliban. However, he stressed that the United States won’t move forward until there is proof that the Taliban can deliver on its commitments under a potential agreement.
Asked if she would ever host the Taliban at Camp David as president, Klobuchar told Tapper, “if you had an iron-clad agreement, you could look at anything.”