Former president compared the scenes of planes with people hanging outside with the departure of troops from Vietnam
Donald Trump lashed out at President Joe Biden during an interview with Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity on Tuesday (17). The former president said that the current US government’s situation in Afghanistan is the most humiliating episode in American history.
“It’s a terrible time for our country. I don’t think we’ve ever been so humiliated. There’s never been anything like this,” Trump said.
The Republican party politician believes that the current scenario surpasses the US hostage crisis in Iran in 1979 when 52 US citizens were captured and held captive for more than 400 days during Jimmy Carter’s government.
Trump also compared the scenes of hundreds of desperate Afghans trying to flee the Taliban, clinging to US military planes, last Monday (16), with the departure of Americans from Saigon, capital of Vietnam, in 1979.
“This is nothing compared to the helicopters in Vietnam. That was the most humiliating period I’ve ever seen,” Trump said.
Videos of local people trying to leave Afghanistan show people falling from planes during takeoff. On Tuesday (17), the US Air Force confirmed that it had found human remains on the landing gear of one aircraft used to rescue US citizens in Kabul.
In the last year of his term in office, Trump said he spoke with Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and threatened the extremist group if any citizen was injured or any area of the US invaded. He would have said that Afghanistan would be attacked as no other country has ever been.
On the Afghan president’s escape, Trump claimed that he never trusted Ashraf Ghani and that he was in politics only for the money and dinners with foreign lawmakers.
The decision to flee the country was justified by Ashraf with an attitude necessary to “avoid a bloodbath”. The action, however, facilitated the takeover of the capital Kabul by Taliban members and led to the surrender of the Afghan military last Sunday (15).
On the day the extremist group took power in the country, Trump even asked for Biden’s resignation for the failure to withdraw US troops. It measures that were negotiated by the republican government and that were put into practice by the current administration.
Biden intended to complete the transfer of the military by Sept. 11, the date that marks the attacks on the Twin Towers in New York, which led to a hunt for terror under George W. Bush. With the Taliban in control of Afghanistan, that should happen by the end of this month.
On the day of the invasion of Kabul, Donald Trump issued a statement saying that the President of the United States, Joe Biden, should “resign in disgrace” due to the situation in Afghanistan.
In his statement, Trump blamed Biden for the Taliban’s rapid advance into Afghanistan as the US continues the process of withdrawing its troops from the country.
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“It’s time for Joe Biden to step down in disgrace for what he allowed to happen in Afghanistan, along with the tremendous increase in Covid, the border catastrophe, the destruction of energy independence, and our weakened economy,” the statement said.
“It shouldn’t be a big issue, because he wasn’t legitimately elected in the first place,” added Trump, although there was no evidence of electoral fraud.
The former US president criticized Biden’s handling of the situation in Afghanistan and this was not his first statement on the matter.
In a statement Saturday, he said “everyone knew [Biden] couldn’t take the pressure. Even Obama’s Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that.”
“He fled Afghanistan instead of following the plan our administration left him – a plan that would protect our people and our property and ensure that the Taliban would never dream of taking over our embassy or providing a base for further attacks against the United States.”.
The Taliban declared victory by taking control of the capital Kabul and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fleeing the country.
In a statement on Facebook, the fleeing president said: “The Taliban have won … and are now responsible for the honor, ownership, and self-preservation of their countrymen.”