‘Greatest defeat in history!’ Trump calls on Biden to ‘resign’ on eve of Taliban victory
Joe Biden's 'absence' in Afghanistan slammed by host
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Mr Trump, 75, blasted the US president over the Taliban’s swift takeover following the withdrawal of US troops from the country after almost two decades on the ground. In a lightning surge, terrorist forces took control of the capital Kabul on Sunday, two weeks ahead of 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 to happen 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!”
Mr Trump’s election dig is in reference to his complaints over the 2020 US election which he claims was not won by the Biden administration.
Under the former president’s administration, a deal was brokered with the Taliban in Doha 2020 to withdraw US troops from the nation in exchange for security guarantees from the militants.
The original withdrawal date was set to May 2021, but when Mr Biden took office this year, he pushed back the deadline.
Mr Trump added: “What Joe Biden has done with Afghanistan is legendary
“It will go down as one of the greatest defeats in American history!”
The 75-year-old has been a harsh critic of the president, having previously stated the withdrawal would have been “much different and much more successful” under his leadership.
Mr Biden has not yet addressed the remarks, but Antony Blinken, US secretary of state, defended the withdrawal.
“We went into Afghanistan 20 years ago with one mission in mind,” he told ABC’s This Week.
“That was to deal with the people who attacked us on 9/11, and that mission has been successful.”
Speaking to CNN, he added: The fact of the matter is we’ve seen that [Afghanistan’s national security force] has been unable to defend the country.
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“And that has happened more quickly than we anticipated.”
Mr Biden, who is currently residing at Camp David, has reportedly been briefed on the ongoing situation in Afghanistan.
Mr 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.”
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