Condoleezza Rice Backs Trump in Cancelling Taliban Camp David Peace Deal Meeting: 'Whatever the Reason, It Was a Good Decision'

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has come out in defense of President Donald Trump's dramatic u-turn on an imminent peace agreement with the Taliban, suggesting that the militant group had become overly confident during recent negotiations.

However, Rice also echoed widespread criticism of the president for arranging a meeting with Taliban leaders at the Camp David presidential retreat just days before the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Rice appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Monday, giving her expert insight on the reported peace deal that could end 18 years of war in Afghanistan.

Rice was National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush during the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and later Secretary of State during ongoing operations in both countries.

Trump sensationally announced on Saturday that Taliban leaders had been due to travel to the U.S. ahead of the Camp David meeting, which was slated to secure an agreement to end the fighting in Afghanistan. However, following the death of a U.S. soldier in a suicide car bomb attack in Kabul on Thursday, the president said he pulled out of the meeting.

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Smoke rises from the site of an attack after a massive explosion the night before near the Green Village in Kabul on September 3, 2019. WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images/Getty

Rice told Colbert that "whatever the reason" for the meeting's cancellation, "it was a good decision."

"The Taliban has become convinced that we want to deal far more than they do," she continued, suggesting America's desire to bring its troops home had convinced the militants that they could extract a costly deal from the U.S.

"The last years, not just the Trump administration, but going back to the Obama administration, we were talking about the importance of leaving, we need to bring the troops home. We all want the war to end," Rice told Colbert. "But I think the Taliban had become convinced they could get just about any deal and it's good that the meeting canceled."

She did, however, note that Trump made a bad choice in deciding when to hold the meeting, given the approaching deadline of the 9/11 attacks, which were carried out by the Al-Qaeda terror group which was then being given safe haven by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

"I probably would not have chosen to do the meeting at Camp David three days before 9/11," adding, "Let's just say I might have found another venue."

Though many Americans want to see an end to the country's longest running war, Trump has come under fire for inviting Taliban leaders to Camp David to discuss the deal. On Sunday, two Republican congressmen suggested the president had gone too far in inviting the group's representatives onto U.S. soil.

Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger told CNN he was in "disbelief" at the idea at the proposed meeting, which he described as "totally unacceptable." Also on Sunday, Florida Rep. Michael Waltz told CNN he does "not ever want to see these terrorists step foot on United States soil, period."

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