Nov 28, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Trump says U.S. has renewed peace talks with Taliban

In this image, Trump stands in front of two rows of soldiers at a podium.

Trump at a surprise visit at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan on Nov. 28, 2019. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump says he has relaunched peace negotiations with the Taliban.

What he's saying: Trump said in a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Thursday that he believes the Taliban wants a ceasefire, per pool reports, and he wants to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan from 12-13,000 to 8,600.

The big picture: Trump faced significant skepticism from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, national security adviser John Bolton and several lawmakers about whether his last peace deal with the Taliban was strong enough for the U.S. to sign.

Flashback: Trump said peace talks with the Taliban were "dead" in September after the group claimed responsibility for a bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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