On Sunday, Congresswoman Liz Cheney said that former President Donald Trump bears “very significant responsibility” for the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan after U.S. troops withdrew from the country.
Cheney, the daughter of War on Terror architect former VP Dick Cheney, is one of the most hawkish neoconservatives in Congress. She was removed from her post in GOP House leadership earlier this year for her frequent, off-message attacks on Trump.
Cheney made her remarks on ABC’s “This Week.”
— The Hill (@thehill) August 15, 2021
Cheney: ‘There’s No Question’ Trump Bears Responsibility
ABC News’ guest anchor Jon Karl said to Cheney, “Ultimately, this is President Biden’s decision. He is the one who called for this withdrawal, is going forward with it. This didn’t happen in a vacuum.”
“It was President Trump who negotiated the agreement with the Taliban to have a complete withdraw that was supposed to have happened by May 1st,” Karl asked. “Who bears responsibility?”
Cheney said, “Look, I think absolutely President Biden bears responsibility for making this decision. But there is no question that President Trump, his administration, Secretary Pompeo, they also bear very significant responsibility for this.”
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“They walked down this path of legitimizing the Taliban, perpetuating this fantasy, telling the American people that the Taliban were partners in peace,” Cheney said.
Cheney continued to denounce the Trump administration.
“President Trump told us the Taliban was going to fight terror,” she continued. “Secretary Pompeo told us the Taliban was going to renounce al Qaeda. The Taliban released prisoners across Afghanistan.”
“Today, as we watch, the Taliban, for example, release prisoners across Afghanistan, there’s very real concern that there are not just fighters in those prisons who will join the battle in Afghanistan, but the terrorist groups globally will in fact be fed new soldiers in their war on terror from those prisons.”
The Trump/Biden calamity unfolding in Afghanistan began with the Trump administration negotiating with terrorists and pretending they were partners for peace, and is ending with American surrender as Biden abandons the country to our terrorist enemies. https://t.co/PQ1i5W6zZt
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) August 14, 2021
Cheney: ‘What We’re Watching In Afghanistan Is What Happens When America Withdraws From The World’
Cheney replied, “Yes. This disaster certainly began— look, the notion of we will end endless wars, that campaign slogan, what we’re watching in Afghanistan is what happens when America withdraws from the world.”
“So everybody who has been saying, ‘America needs to withdrawal. America needs to retreat,’ we are getting a devastating, catastrophic real-time lesson in what that means,” she finished.
Cheney also made comments that suggest she would have preferred she would continue the already 20-year-long war in Afghanistan:
This isn’t “ending endless wars.” This is American surrender, empowering our enemies, and ensuring our children and grandchildren will have to fight this war, at much higher cost. https://t.co/USZ3Npn2mI
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) August 15, 2021
President Trump over the weekend blasted Biden for not following his withdrawal plan, and demanded he ‘resign in disgrace.’
Trump said of Biden:
“He ran out of Afghanistan instead of following the plan our Administration left for him—a plan that protected our people and our property, and ensured the Taliban would never dream of taking our Embassy or providing a base for new attacks against America. The withdrawal would be guided by facts on the ground.”
President Trump calls for Biden’s resignation in new statement: pic.twitter.com/v6KT2xaRHO
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