Here are some of the top stories making headlines in politics for today: Taliban threatens US; Trump cancels secret meeting with Taliban; Sanford announces GOP presidential bid; North Korea developing “creative” missile strategy that could outsmart US defenses.
Members of the Taliban are warning that President Trump’s cancellation of peace negotiations will lead to the death of more Americans.
“This will lead to more losses to the US,” said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. “Its credibility will be affected, its anti-peace stance will be exposed to the world, losses to lives and assets will increase.”
President Trump canceled a secret meeting that was scheduled to take place at Camp David with both the leaders of the Taliban and the president of Afghanistan to negotiate a peace deal. After the Taliban admitted to an attack in Kabul, which killed one American soldier and 11 others, Trump called off the negotiations.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that a secret meeting scheduled with leaders of the talismanic Camp David has been canceled and that Afghanistan peace talks are off “for now.” Pompeo defended President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel the talks, saying a Taliban an attack last week that killed an American and 11 others prompted the cancellation.
“Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday, They were coming to the United States tonight.” President Trump tweeted.
“Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great soldiers, and 11 other people. I immediately canceled [sic] the meeting and called off peace negotiations. What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position?”
Former two-time South Carolina Congressman and former Governor Mark Sanford announced his plan to challenge President Donald Trump for the Republican Party presidential nomination in 2020. “I am here to tell you now that I am going to get in,” Sanford revealed on Sunday.
A South Korean think tank said that North Korea is deploying a “really imaginative or creative thinking of using missiles” to penetrate weaknesses and gaps in America’s advanced missile defense systems.
The experts say that North Korea is testing missiles that fly too high to be protected by the US patriot missile defense systems and too low for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) systems to defend.
North Korea is said to have tested at least three types of new weapons, some of which, theoretically, can be activated on shorter notice and fly faster than their previous missiles.