Trump Calls Afghanistan Withdrawal U.S.’s ‘Greatest Embarassment’
Previous president Donald Trump identified the Biden administration’s handling of the American withdrawal from Afghanistan the “greatest embarrassment in the history of our country,” in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday.
“I don’t think in all of the years our country has ever been so humiliated. I don’t know if you call it a military defeat or a psychological defeat,” Trump stated.
Slamming President Biden, Trump stated the U.S. requirements “a president that’s respected.”
The remarks come in the middle of a disorderly withdrawal of soldiers from Afghanistan, with Taliban fighters now in control of the nation. Biden has actually stated he waits the withdrawal, although he kept in mind that he “inherited” an offer for withdrawal worked out by Trump.
“I inherited a deal that President Trump negotiated with the Taliban. Under his agreement, U.S. forces would be out of Afghanistan by May 1, 2021, just a little over three months after I took office,” Biden stated on Monday. (The Biden administration extended that due date to September.)
The Trump administration brokered an offer in between the Afghan federal government and the Taliban in February 2020 meant to set the phase for an ultimate withdrawal of U.S. soldiers from Afghanistan. When inquired about the offer, Trump declared he threatened to strike the town of Taliban leader Mullah Baradar if “anything bad” took place to Americans throughout a troop withdrawal.
“I told him upfront . . . if anything bad happens to Americans . . . we will hit you with a force that no country has ever been hit with before,” Trump stated. “And your village — and we know where it is, and I named it — will be the first one: the first bombs will be dropped right there.”
Nevertheless, Trump likewise slammed U.S. participation in the Middle East over the previous 20 years.
“I know the Bush family will not be happy, but I believe it was the worst decision in the history of our country when we decided to go into the Middle East,” Trump stated. “It’s turned out to be quicksand. And do you think it’s better now than it was 20, 21 years ago? It’s much worse.”
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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.