Donald Trump blasted Joe Biden on Saturday over the withdrawal from Afghanistan and accused him of giving the U.S. military away to the Taliban as he appeared at a rally for thousands of supporters in Cullman, Alabama.
“This will go down as one of the greatest military defeats of all time,” Trump said. Trump called the situation in Afghanistan a humiliation, claiming it’s not a withdrawal but rather “a total surrender.” The former President told the crowd gathered in Alabama: “The issue here is not whether to leave Afghanistan, the issue is Joe Biden’s staggering incompetence and gross negligence … creating the greatest strategic humiliation that we’ve ever seen as a country.”
“With me in office the Taliban would not have ever dreamt of capturing our airfield or parading around with our American weapons. There would have been no emergency embassy evacuation and no taking down of our flag. Because we would have established clear lines that the Taliban would never have dared to cross. The problem with Biden is that our enemies are not afraid of him, they don’t respect him.”
Trumps comments were made as it came to light that The Taliban have retained a large amount of US military equipment. “Our military is being given to the enemy,” he said. Trump also defended his original negotiations with Taliban leaders, after he was criticized for meeting with the warlord leaders while in office. “Who the hell else am I supposed to be negotiating with?” he asked.
Trump made a conditional peace deal with the Taliban in 2020 to reduce the number of Afghan troops if the Taliban did not provide support to terrorists. Trump agreed to a full military withdrawal by May 1 of this year. The Biden administration has blamed Trump for the timeline leading to the issues caused during the withdrawal.