Trump Hits Biden For Leaving Afghanistan Due To Deal He Had Cut
Former President Donald Trump launched on Saturday a sustained attack on President Joe Biden's handling of the retreat of US forces from Afghanistan, which he called "the greatest foreign policy humiliation" in US history, Lawrence Hurley and David Morgan reported for Reuters.
Photo Insert: Then former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his meeting with the Taliban delegation in Doha, Qatar in which the withdrawal deal was signed.
Trump, a Republican who has dangled the possibility of running again for president in 2024, has repeatedly blamed Biden, a Democrat, for Afghanistan's fall to the Islamist militant Taliban, even though the US withdrawal that triggered the collapse was negotiated by him and his underlings.
In fact, Trump barred the Afghan government from the negotiations, which led to Trump’s releasing 5,000 captured Taliban fighters and loosening the sanctions that crippled the Taliban’s finances, allowing the Islamic fundamentalist fighters to regroup.
Trump told the Taliban he would withdraw all US troops by May 2021. Trump’s former defense secretary described the deal cut by Trump as capitulation while his former national security adviser H. R. McMaster authored US surrender to the Taliban.
"Biden’s botched exit from Afghanistan is the most astonishing display of gross incompetence by a nation’s leader, perhaps at any time," Trump said at a boisterous rally packed with his supporters near Cullman, Alabama. Taliban leaders are trying to hammer out a new government after their forces swept across the country as US-led forces pulled out after two decades.