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Pompeo: "You Make Peace With Your Enemies... We Never Trusted The Taliban"

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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended the Trump administration's deal with the Afghan Taliban as the withdrawal of U.S. troops allows them to retake the country.


WALLACE: Do you regret giving the Taliban that legitimacy? Do you regret pressing the Afghan government to release 5,000 prisoners … some of whom are now back on the battlefield fighting with the Taliban?

POMPEO: You make peace with your enemies. The statement I made that day was absolutely true. Ask the military leaders on the ground... When we left office there were fewer than 2,000 al Qaeda left in Afghanistan...

We never trusted the Taliban... We weren't going to allow them to just walk away from any deal they struck... We were going to crush them and impose real costs on them.
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