April 6th, 2010
05:24 PM ET

White House could cancel Karzai visit

Washington - An upcoming U.S. visit by Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai could be called off if he continues to make troubling political statements, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.

President Obama invited Karzai to visit Washington on May 12, but Gibbs said that subsequent "troubling and untruthful remarks" by the Afghan president have raised questions about the value of such a meeting.

The government will evaluate any further Karzai remarks to determine whether the meeting should take place, Gibbs said. (Watch more of Gibbs' remarks)

Karzai was re-elected president last year in voting that was marred by irregularities and that required a runoff.

On Friday, Karzai irritated the Obama administration when he blamed the irregularities on foreigners who want a "puppet government" in Afghanistan.  He further aggravated Washington, his biggest backer, on Sunday when he told a gathering of tribal leaders that the U.S.-led alliance will not move against Taliban fighters in Kandahar "until you say we can."

"I can't speak to why he said those things," Gibbs said. "They're troubling. They are confusing. They've been investigated and found to be untruthful."

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  1. Louise Minahan

    We have a family member an LEP embedded in the Marine Corps. over there. I say if Karzai wants to join the Taliban...let him. ..then pick him up just like the other insurgents.This war is going in the same direction as the Vietnam war. Asking permission to go after terrorists in a country we are at war with resulting in refusal to do so on their part is nothing short of harboring terrorists.

    Burn the poppy fields, why let the Taliban continue to be funded by the Heroin production? This is insane. Currently Law Enforcement in our own country are under attack because the Gov. wont stop the drugs & illegals from crossing our BordersI When the children of Southern Californian towns lives are threatened by drug cartels Its time we demand our Gov. be held accountable for their in actions. They work for us ...not to further their own political agendas.

    April 6, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sean

    We are throwing a temper tantrum. We can't have an independent free thinking government and want them to be on our leash at the same time.

    April 6, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. john burgess

    but he will miss getting snubbed by the whitehouse "how low can you go"

    April 6, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. linda in AR

    Enough. Bring our troops home and let Afghanistan get back to its own game of tribal warfare.

    April 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bkool

    Shades of Sadam Hussein, Osama and others we have supported in the past who have turned on us at a later date. We should stop supporting this guy now and cut our loses and get out. He is enjoying the security blanket thet our men are giving him coupled with the billions of tax payers money and most importantly, the lives we are laying down for his country. If he is exhibiting these kind of behaviors now, immagine what he would do years from now when his country is prosperous and other Arab country tyrants manages to buy his regime with their oil money. This guy is a disgrace and the whole thing about his regime is a joke. I say get out now while we can.

    April 6, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    We need to pull our money and our troops out of there! Obama has it right. No more blank checks. Thank God it's not up to the Republicans or we'd never get out of there!

    April 6, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Onesmallvoice

    I somehow doubt very much that Barack Obama will cancel any visit by his stooge,Hamid Karzai.Obama will stop at almost nothing to win that slimy war and that's that.

    April 6, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |