On Saturday, former President Trump blasted President Joe Biden for not “following the plan” his administration left behind for withdrawing from Afghanistan, and also demanded that Biden ‘resign in disgrace’ for the ensuing disaster. 

Trump has released multiple statements about the still-fluid situation and Biden’s role in it. 

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.”

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Trump: ‘The Taliban No Longer Has Fear Or Respect For America, Or America’s Power’

“After I took out ISIS, I established a credible deterrent,” Trump added. “That deterrent is now gone. The Taliban no longer has fear or respect for America, or America’s power.”

During his presidential campaigns, Trump vowed to end America’s “endless” wars, like the two decade old conflict in Afghanistan.

Trump began to draw down the number of U.S. troops while he was still president and had set a deadline of May 1 for complete withdrawal. Trump said ending the war was “a wonderful and positive thing to do.”

Later on Sunday, Trump called on Biden to resign. 

Trump’s statement come in the wake of Biden releasing a statement on Saturday in which the administration blamed Trump for the disaster.

Team Biden said Trump is to blame for leaving the Taliban “in the strongest position militarily since 2001.”

Biden said, “When I came to office, I inherited a deal cut by my predecessor—which he invited the Taliban to discuss at Camp David on the eve of 9/11 of 2019—that left the Taliban in the strongest position militarily since 2001 and imposed a May 1, 2021 deadline on US forces.”

“Shortly before he left office, he also drew US forces down to a bare minimum of 2,500,” Biden added.

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Taliban Takes Over Afghanistan

Biden said Trump’s policies gave him little choice. The president said that thanks to Trump’s Afghanistan policy, he either had to send more troops “to fight once again in another country’s civil conflict” or get the troops out of the chaotic country.

On Friday, the second and third-largest cities in Afghanistan were taken over by the Taliban, effectively giving them full control.

 

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