Afghans may have backed out of peace talks 24 hours before Trump claimed he had nixed them

Despite President Donald Trump’s insistence that he had canceled peace talks with the Taliban and Afghan officials, it now appears that the meeting may have already fallen apart at least a day before the president made his announcement on Twitter.

Here’s what Trump tweeted out Saturday:

Problem is, a day earlier, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced that he had postponed his visit to the United States, according to the Associated Press:

Afghanistan’s president has postponed a planned visit to Washington early next week where he was to discuss the U.S.-Taliban talks on ending America’s longest war, a person familiar with the negotiations said Friday.

The development emerged after the U.S. envoy negotiating with the Taliban, Zalmay Khalilzad, abruptly returned to Qatar for unexpected talks with the insurgents on the deal that he had described as complete just days ago. The agreement “in principle” to begin a U.S. troop withdrawal only needed President Donald Trump’s approval, Khalilzad said Monday.

That led Nick Kristof of the New York Times to speculate:

Did President Trump just get caught in another lie and wants to save face by pretending he canceled the summit meeting? If so, it may already be coming back to haunt him. Based on how he reacts on social media over the next 12-24 hours, we should have a much better idea exactly what transpired.

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