Former President Donald Trump has called on President Joe Biden to “resign in disgrace” for his clear failures in handling the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Trump slammed President Biden for the Taliban’s quick takeover following the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan after nearly two decades on the ground. Terrorist forces seized control of Kabul on Sunday, two weeks before Mr. Biden’s deadline for the full withdrawal of American troops on August 31.
In a fundraising email to supporters, Mr. Trump said, “It is time for Joe Biden to resign in disgrace for what he has allowed happening in Afghanistan, along with the tremendous surge in COVID, the Border catastrophe, the destruction of energy independence, and our crippled economy.”
“It shouldn’t be a big deal, because he wasn’t elected legitimately in the first place!” Trump added.
Trump’s election jab refers to his complaints about the 2020 US presidential election, which he claims the Biden administration didn’t win.
The last president’s administration reached an agreement with the Taliban in Doha 2020 to withdraw US forces from the nation in exchange for security guarantees from the terrorists.
The withdrawal date was originally slated for May 2021, but President Biden pushed it back when he took office this year.
“What Joe Biden has done with Afghanistan is legendary. It will go down as one of the greatest defeats in American history,” Trump added.
The 75-year-old has been a harsh critic of the president, stating that under his leadership, the withdrawal would have been “much different and much more successful.”
Joe Biden has not yet responded to the remarks, but US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has defended the withdrawal.
“We went into Afghanistan with a single mission in mind 20 years ago. That mission was to deal with the people who attacked us on 9/11, and it was a success,” he told ABC’s This Week.
“The fact of the matter is that we’ve seen that Afghanistan’s national security force has been unable to defend the country. And that has happened more quickly than we anticipated,” he told CNN.
President Biden, who is currently staying at Camp David, is said to have been briefed on the current situation in Afghanistan.
Blinken added, “We’ve known all along, that the Taliban was at its greatest position of strength at any time since 2001 when it was last in charge of the country. That is the Taliban that we inherited. And so we saw they were very much capable of going on the offensive and beginning to take back the country.”