WASHINGTON – While paying tribute to the fallen of 9/11, President Donald Trump on Wednesday blamed the Taliban for the cancellation of Afghanistan peace talks and appeared to threaten more military action against the insurgent group.
Trump, in a speech at the Pentagon, said he canceled recently planned peace talks at Camp David because of a Taliban attack last week: "They thought they would use this attack to show strength, but actually what they showed is unrelenting weakness."
"The last four days, we have hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before and that will continue," Trump said.
Trump made similar remarks this week but the comments carried a particular resonance given the setting. The president has drawn criticism in recent days for initially inviting the Taliban to Camp David near the anniversary of the 2001 attacks.
The president has described peace talks with the Taliban as "dead." Trump had sought an agreement with the Taliban as way to reduce troop levels in Afghanistan.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Donald Trump at 9/11 ceremony: Taliban to blame for 'dead' peace talks