Bigger news was that the Taliban talks are back on. “We will see if the Taliban wants to make a deal. … If they do, they do,” Trump said. “If they don’t, they don’t.” A ceasefire would have to be a part of any deal, which the President saying he believes the Taliban will agree to those terms.
The renewed talks come after a planned meeting in September fell apart. The President said then that talks were “dead.”
The President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, met with President Trump, but did not make a public comment on the Taliban talks.
Trump landed in Afghanistan at 11:03 a.m. EST on Air Force One. The trip was made out of a Florida airport and took 13 hours.
Before speaking, the President dined on turkey in the mess hall with some troops. The trip is an escalation from last year, when the President stayed in the US but spoke to the troops on the phone.