President Trump not only cancelled the Camp David meeting, but also declared the US-Taliban talks as "dead".
During a visit Thursday to US service members at Bagram air base in Afghanistan, President Donald Trump asserted the Taliban is ready for a cease-fire, but Afghan and Taliban officials said informal discussions aimed at jump starting the peace talks were still ongoing.
But the talks were suspended in September, following a terrorist attack by the Taliban.
Newsweek investigated the failures that led to the publication of the inaccurate report that President Trump spent Thanksgiving tweeting and golfing rather than visiting troops in Afghanistan.
When those journalists waited for him to emerge for a Thursday afternoon conference call with the troops, per his official schedule, they learnt that overnight he had flown the 13,400 km (8,331 miles) to Afghanistan to visit them in person.
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They had been told ahead of time that Trump would be traveling incognito to an undisclosed location.
The US president boards Air Force One at Ramstein Air Field, Germany, following the visit.
In a White House known for notorious leaks due to Trump's casual approach to security measures, the trip raised eye brows for its unusual secrecy involving a decoy plane, a cover story and pre-wrote tweets to mislead the public on the president's whereabouts.
The latest visit also comes a week after the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) alleged that Iran continues to provide the insurgent group with military support in a bid to counter Washington's influence in Afghanistan. "Tweeting, golfing and more".
The story's headline now reads, "How did Trump spend Thanksgiving?"
"I thought I was going to be doing it someplace else".