The White House said it reversed course on the talks in response to the death of a U.S. soldier in a huge Kabul bomb blast last week, an attack claimed by the Taliban. "I didn't discuss it with anybody else".
There are now about 14,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan. On the other side of the debate was National Security Advisor John Bolton whom Trump fired Tuesday. "At some point in time if you want peace you have to talk to them, I don't deny that", said Johnson.
"If Trump wants to stop talks, we will take the first way, and they will soon regret it", the spokesman added. "We'd like to get out, but we'll get out at the right time".
A big part of Trump's 2016 election victory and subsequent first term in office has been his determination to keep the United States out of what he sees as unnecessary wars in Syria and other mostly Muslim countries.
Many in Washington had been shocked and a few had been offended that the Taliban had been about to go to the presidential retreat on the eve of the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist assaults.
In announcing the end to peace talks, Trump accused the Taliban of using terror to strengthen their position, echoing members of his administration.
Members of Afghan security forces climb over a fence in Kabul Afghanistan
Sen. Bob Menendez, ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, said of the meeting, "It's another example of the Trump administration's foreign policy, which is a high-wire act that ultimately is focused on Trump as a persona, but not in the strategic, methodical effort of creating peace".
Before he was ordered to return home from the region, USA chief negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad said his team of negotiators had drawn up a draft framework agreement that, if approved by Trump, would allow 5,000 American troops to leave five military bases in the country within 135 days. The only certainty is that the violence in Afghanistan, which has not stopped for a day, will continue. In turn, the Taliban vowed to continue fighting against American forces in Afghanistan after the USA president withdrew from peace talks. The talks, however, excluded the Afghan government, as the Taliban considers it a U.S. puppet. Trump has called their continued presence there "ridiculous".
"We have a very specific number", but he was not going to publicly reveal it at this time, Trump told reporters on the White House South Lawn before boarding the Marine One helicopter.
"Our way is clear".
Taliban jihadis intensified their attacks amid the peace negotiations.
"I've never believed that a deal with the Taliban is either easy or imminent", Senator Marco Rubio said.