AFTER SURPRISE VISIT, TALIBAN SAYS ITS READY TO TALK PEACE
President Donald Trump made a surprise visit to U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan, served dinner, and broke bread with the troops.
He also delivered an address to them.
Subsequent to his visit, the Taliban said today they are ready to restart peace talks with the U.S.
President Trump had cancelled a ceasefire with the Taliban after the group claimed responsibility for a September attack in Kabul that killed 12, including an American soldier.
Trump’s surprise Thanksgiving Day visit came just a week after a prisoner swap between Washington and Kabul.
“The Taliban wants to make a deal and we are meeting with them,” Trump told reporters on Thursday.
COVERAGE OF HIS TRIP IN MAINSTREAM MEDIA
CNN characterized the president as sneaking off to Afghanistan, while Fox News focused on how the White House and Pentagon managed to keep the surprise visit under wraps.
Newsweek ran a story saying the president was spending his holiday golfing and tweeting.
Newsweek originally ran a story headlined: “How is Trump spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, golfing and more.”
“As with any other day of the year, Trump will probably be tweeting, or expressing his opinions in another way,” Newsweek wrote.
“Fake news gonna fake!” the president’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr. wrote, in response.
The Newsweek story also prompted derision from President Trump. The news group ended up rewriting its story.
The New York Times characterized it as a campaign stop.