Sen. Blunt ‘Concerned We Were Negotiating with the Taliban’ But Not Including Afghan Government

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By Melanie Arter | September 9, 2019 | 10:05 AM EDT

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

( – Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that he’s been concerned that the United States has been negotiating with the Taliban but not including the Afghan government.

“Well, I've been concerned we were negotiating with the Taliban and not including the Afghan government in that, and even the idea that you could negotiate with the Taliban, the problems with that have been very evident this week as the Taliban at this critical moment when they were -- I guess they knew they were coming to Camp David. I didn't know they were coming to Camp David,” he said.


Blunt, who visited Afghanistan in April, said the region “doesn’t seem to get better, but I’m sure it will get worse if we leave.”

“Frankly, I think backing away from where we were, just dealing with the Taliban is the right thing to do. Leaving troops there for right now is the right thing to do,” he said.



“How do you tell an exhausted public though -- I mean it’s just sort of, there's always a reason to stay. You just said, ‘Well, it could get worse,’” NBC’s Chuck Todd asked.

“I said it would get worse, and it would get worse, and I think you've got to remember … how this became the base for the 9/11 tragedy. There is no reason to believe that wouldn't happen again. The Taliban, as the president pointed out yesterday, even in the middle of a negotiation, has to brag about killing an American soldier. If we leave there, that becomes the same haven it was,” Blunt said.

He said it just shows who the Taliban are, and “this will get dramatically worse if we decide to leave.”

When asked whether he was comfortable with the idea that the Taliban were going to be stepping foot on Camp David, Blunt said, “Well, by the time I knew they were going to be stepping foot, they weren't going to be stepping foot. So I didn't have to deal with that.


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