Early hours of Sunday, Mr. Trump announced he scrapped plans at the last minute to invite Taliban leaders to the U.S. for peace negotiations, citing a bombing that killed a United States service member and 11 other people days earlier.
Trump announced on Twitter Saturday that he'd been about to meet leaders of the Taliban - who harbored Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan - on Sunday at his Camp David presidential retreat.
The Taliban, he said, is "taking some really heavy casualties". "They will never have seen anything like what will happen to them", he added.
It has been 18 years since al-Qaida hijackers commandeered four USA commercial airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
In his Pentagon speech, Trump also issued a threat against militants ever attacking on USA soil again, saying the response would be unlike any ever seen before.
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Mr Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcomed victims' families and survivors to the White House, where they marked the anniversary with a moment of silence before the president delivered his speech at the Pentagon, where he also laid a wreath.
"They thought they would use this attack to show strength, but actually what they showed is an unrelenting weakness", Trump said.
Whatever the situation surrounding the pace of USA operations, Pentagon leaders have acknowledged for years that the conflict is stuck in a bloody stalemate, and much of the countryside remains in partial or full Taliban control.
The terror group vowed Sunday to continue killing USA service members - saying the failed talks would "lead to more losses to the United States". The talks, however, excluded the Afghan government, as the Taliban considers it a United States puppet.
As part of the proposed deal, the U.S. would withdraw 5,400 troops from Afghanistan within 20 weeks. The negotiations called for the Pentagon to withdraw about 5,400 of the 14,000 US troops deployed, and it is not clear whether Trump will still pursue that level without a deal with the Taliban. "We remain willing to work with all countries in the region and beyond, keeping Afghanistan's sovereignty and its ownership of the peace process at the forefront", he said. Elizabeth Warren have said they would ensure American combat forces return from Afghanistan during their first term, while California Sen.