Former US President Donald Trump has launched a sharp attack on President Joe Biden’s handling of the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, calling it “the biggest affront to foreign policy” in US history.
Trump, a Republican who has said he might run for president again in 2024, has repeatedly blamed Biden, a Democrat, for Afghanistan’s fall to the Taliban even though the US withdrawal that caused Afghanistan’s fall was negotiated by his administration.
“Biden’s failed exit from Afghanistan is the most astonishing display of gross incompetence by a nation’s leader, ever,” Trump said at a rally of his supporters near Coleman, Alabama.
Taliban leaders are trying to form a new government after their forces swept across the country with the withdrawal of US-led forces from the country after twenty years, with the collapse of the government and army backed by the West.
Biden, for his part, criticized the Afghan army for refusing to fight, denounced the now ousted Afghan government, and said he had inherited a bad withdrawal agreement from Trump.
Trump blamed Biden for not following through on the plan his administration came up with, and bemoaned American equipment left behind as troops pulled out of Afghanistan.
“This is not a withdrawal. It is a complete surrender,” Trump said.
Trump said that “the Taliban, with whom he negotiated, respects him,” stressing that the quick takeover of Afghanistan “would not have happened if he was still in office.”
“We could have come out with honor,” Trump added. “We should have come out with honor. Instead, we’ve come out with the complete opposite of honor.”
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