President Donald Trump revealed Saturday that he secretly invited Taliban leaders and the Afghanistan president to meet with him in the U.S., but called the meeting off before they were scheduled to land on Saturday.

In a series of tweets, Trump said he was forced to cancel the meeting, which would’ve taken place Sunday at Camp David in Maryland, after “they” admitted to a deadly attack in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

The president said that peace negotiations with the Taliban, which have been going on for months, were officially off the table. He also revealed that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the Taliban leaders were originally scheduled to arrive in the U.S. tonight.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for a car bombing in Kabul that killed 12 people, including a U.S. soldier, on Thursday.

In his tweet, Trump said they admitted to the attack to “in order to build false leverage” in their negotiations.

“I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations,” the president said “What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position?”

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. Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to..

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2019

….an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great great soldiers, and 11 other people. I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations. What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position? They didn’t, they….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2019

….only made it worse! If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even kill 12 innocent people, then they probably don’t have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway. How many more decades are they willing to fight?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2019

President Ghani was scheduled to meet with Trump early next week but reportedly postponed the trip, according to the Associated Press.

Before the Kabul bombing, U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad announced that the U.S. had reached an agreement with the Taliban “on principle.” Khalilzad reportedly rushed back to Qatar, where his negotiations with the Taliban had taken place, after the attack.

Trump has long been a proponent of withdrawing the U.S. from Afghanistan and the recent peace talks between U.S. diplomats and the Taliban, which was reportedly close to a resolution, were part of those efforts, according to the New York Times.

While the Trump administration has been working for months to broker a peace deal, Trump has previously criticized former President Barack Obama for attempting the same.

In 2012, he described the Taliban as a “sworn enemy” of the U.S. “who facilitated 9/11″ while drawing attention to the Obama administration’s efforts to negotiate with the insurgent group.

While @BarackObama is slashing the military, he is also negotiating with our sworn enemy the Taliban–who facilitated 9/11.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2012

Democrats in Congress pointed out the irony of Trump inviting the Taliban into the country four days before the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks carried out by Al Qaeda.

Responding to Trump’s tweet late Saturday, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) wrote to the president: “You brought the Taliban to the United States the week of September 11?”

In his own late-night tweet, Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) called Republicans “hypocrites.”

“If [Obama] ever invited the Taliban to Camp David during the week of 9/11… My point is that Republicans are hypocrites who will never criticize President Trump no matter what he does.”

You brought the Taliban to the United States the week of September 11? https://t.co/oxXYweNAOi

— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) September 8, 2019

If @BarackObama ever invited the Taliban to Camp David during the week of 9/11…My point is that Republicans are hypocrites who will never criticize President Trump no matter what he does.

— David Cicilline (@davidcicilline) September 8, 2019 RELATED… Deadly Taliban Attack In Kabul Even As U.S. Deal Nears String Of Afghan Bombings Injure Over 120 People, But No One Claims Responsibility UN: More Civilians Killed By Afghan, NATO Forces Than Militants This Year Download REAL LIFE. REAL NEWS. REAL VOICES. Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard. Join HuffPost Plus

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