Trump: I'm trying to broker a deal with the terrorists, maybe that will work
President Donald Trump gave an interview with Face the Nation moderator Margaret Brennan shortly before the Super Bowl, and said that he's currently trying to negotiate a deal with the Taliban.
She immediately fired back: Can you trust the Taliban? Can you actually broker a deal?
Trump side-stepped the question completely, preferring to re-frame the issue:
"Look, whether we should have been there in the first place, that's the first question. Second question is that we've been there for 19 years, almost. We are fighting very well, we're fighting harder than ever before and I think they're tired. We got to get out of these endless wars and bring our folks home."
"Just because we leave doesn't mean we're not going to be watching. We're going to be watching and watching closely."
Face the Nation: Isn't it harder when you don't have troops on the ground?
Trump: Uhh, well everything is harder, but you pay a big price for troops on the ground. We're spending hundreds of billions of dollars on military. We are the police of the world.
After this, it was pointed out that the U.S.'s own intelligence chiefs noted that we could see a resurgence of terrorism in the area, and Trump admitted that we might have to go back over there to fight them again.
What he didn't say is how negotiating with a terrorist group is supposed to help national security. Maybe he can get them a good condo with a view and they'll drop their weapons?