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November 30, 2019

     A smart and good gesture.  President Donald Trump made a surprise visit to Afghanistan this Thanksgiving to address American troops in what is his first trip to the country. He visited troops at Bagram Air Field to thank the men and women for their service, calling them "courageous American warriors." "I just want to say that we thank god for your help and all of the things that you've done. You're very special people and you don't even know how much the people of our country love and respect you," Trump said to a few hundred troops.

     His remarks shifted to a deal with the Taliban, as Trump said peace talks had been re-ignited. "We will see if the Taliban wants to make a deal. … If they do, they do," Trump said during his visit. "If they don’t, they don’t." The terms of the deal would have to include a Taliban ceasefire, Trump said, adding that he thinks the Taliban will agree to that.

     When asked if the U.S. had restarted peace talks with the Taliban, he replied with "yes," but did not offer more details. Back in September, he declared peace talks with the Taliban "dead."

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