Donald Trump has claimed he was set to meet with leaders of the Taliban at his presidential retreat before they admitted to an attack which killed a US soldier.
Mr Trump said he had to cancel a set of secret meetings at Camp David with major Taliban leaders as well as the president of Afghanistan, which was scheduled to take place just days before the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
He tweeted: "Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday.
"They were coming to the United States tonight.
"Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great, great soldiers, and 11 other people.
More than 2,400 American troops have been killed since the US invaded Afghanistan to go after the Taliban, who were harbouring al Qaeda leaders responsible for the 11 September 2001 attacks.